Flatiron House – big ideas for a tiny space in London

Flatiron House in Fitzrovia, London, by FORMstudio makes a virtue of a redundant and impractical office building just off Oxford Street to transform it into a home memorably but appreciatively described as ‘a staircase with rooms’.

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The small triangular footprint of the house predetermined its seemingly simple spatial arrangement, with one principle room on each of five floors, topped by a roof terrace – a luxury for homes in Central London. Considerable thought has gone into the subtleties of the layout and design at each level to ensure that every space works to its optimum; and that the vertical spatial flow between them, provided by a signature staircase, feels natural and fluid.

The white acrylic balustrade of the signature staircase falls through the house as if a twisted ribbon, framing the 14-metre view from the glass roof to the basement, and lending an unexpected sense of scale.
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At street level, the previous shopfront has been replaced with a curved window, which follows the prow-like shape of the building. Above it, a curved perforated white acrylic screen allows light into the interior space while maintaining privacy. The previously damp vault has been transformed into a wine cellar and media room beneath the street.

Led by directors, Malcolm Crayton & Jeremy Lingard, FORMstudio aims to create places that can be inhabited and experienced by people in a natural and instinctive way. Enjoyable places with a tranquil sense of simplicity, which create a supportive and uplifing backdrop for life.flatiron-house-01 flatiron-house-05flatiron-house-06flatiron-house-04 flatiron-house-08