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Tour 12 Astounding London Townhouse Renovations

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What could be a better haunt than a historic London townhouse? Why, one that's been given a once-over by a London architect or interior designer, of course. Among a well-heeled segment of home buyers in the capital of fair Albion, townhouse renovations are all the rage, and more often than not involve open-space layouts and glassy backyard annexes. They also generally look quite dashing, at least the ones that end up on design sites. Starting off our roundup of the best and the brightest revamped British townhouses with a bang is this phantasmagoric Mayfair offering redone by interior designer Rebecca James, which takes a page from the always head-turning book of Marcel Wanders, and has been described as a place where "each room magically transports you to a fairytale dream." This way for a tumble down the rabbit hole that is sublime U.K. home design:

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↑ Last year, Scott Architects gave this terraced Victorian in Hackney a curvaceous, timber-clad new rear wing, the lowest floor of which sits under a sloping green roof. The rear exit of the original home now leads to a new kitchen and dining room, with exposed bricks at one end and a large glass door at the other.

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↑ Like many of London's townhouses, this Hackney Victorian has two floors accessible from the ground level; one that's slightly higher than the street and one that sits just below it, at the same height as a sunken garden. Kilburn Nightengale Architects turned both floors communal spaces, transforming three separate flats into a family home with a layout that "breaks down the traditional horizontal layering of this type of house," with a backyard extension that helps "mask the original poor quality brickwork."

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Studio Octopi combined two Edwardian townhouses in Victoria to double the space of the Delfina Foundation, which uses the HQ for exhibitions, events, and artist residencies. The basement now includes a gallery and a studio, while a library and offices are housed on the ground floor and the living spaces take up the second and third levels.

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↑ In order to brighten up this north London townhouse and "restore some of its former historic elegance," Lipton Plant Architects added a two-story extension in the back that houses a small office and an open-plan lounge converted from an old kitchen, and has a walk-on glass roof.

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↑ Interior designer Harriet Anstruther overhauled her family's 1840s home by knocking down "random partitions" to restore its original proportions. Other alterations included adding unlacquered brass strips in the kitchen, floor-level glass inserts in the dining area, and a hot-pink skylight in the master bathroom.

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↑ This 2,800-square-foot Hyde Park townhouse was renovated and decorated by SHH Architects for a client who "didn't like curtains, wall coverings or special finishes," requiring the interiors team to "look for ways to add glamour to the requested cool, calm and classic approach, so that the space also had variety, drama and a sensual richness."

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↑ Because a couple wanted their renovated Stoke Newington home to be "contemporary in tone without feeling 'new,'" AOC studio
"enriched bare walls with bespoke timber profiles created from the facial profiles of family members." With a large portion of the ground floor removed, the kitchen now connects to a two-story gallery that is pictured above with vintage bicycles on display.

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Tamir Addadi Architecture aimed to create "a sense of unity between the exterior garden and the house" with this Islington Victorian by merging the outdoor area with a basement lounge space. To that end, a wooden bar table in the lounge extends right into the garden's concrete floor, while the new kitchen was finished in white to "maximize the daylight effect" provided by the louvered skylight.

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Architecture for London rehabbed the back of this terraced Victorian in Islington by demolishing a conservatory and a small bedroom to make room for a garden-connected kitchen and dining area finished in stainless steel and polished concrete.

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↑ Taking a pair of Georgian townhouses in Bloomsbury and connecting them with a faceted copper roof, Emrys Architects also combined and revamped their interiors, creating an office that breaks out "from the confined spaces of the Georgian terrace to allow easier communication."

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↑ Setting out to treat the existing structure of a Chelsea townhouse as a "geometric guide for the setting out of new material and spatial interventions," Moxon Architects installed a lime-finished English oak staircase as the renovated pad's major set piece. Extending into the new one-and-a-half-height rear annex, it doubles as a bookcase, and features a retractable writing desk and hidden storage compartments. · Rebecca James' Fantasy House Transports You to a Fairytale Dream [Design Rulz]
· Ho-Hum Victorian Given a Rad Green-Roofed Rear Addition [Curbed National]
· Harriet Anstruther's bright and modern 1840s London town house [Flodeau]
· Kilburn Nightingale remodels Hackney townhouse with sweet-chestnut joinery [Dezeen]
· Studio Octopi transforms Delfina Foundation's London base [Design Boom]
· AOC adds wall-hung bicycles and basket-weave flooring to London townhouse [Dezeen]
· Tamir Addadi Architecture: Extension of private London house [Design Boom]
· Extravagant Copper Roof Adds a Dramatic Finish to a Georgian Townhouse Renovation in London [Inhabitat]
· Architecture for London creates light-filled London extension using polished materials [Dezeen]
· A Transparent Addition to a London Townhouse [Azure]
· Alwyne Place by Lipton Plant Architects [Dezeen]
· Hyde Park Townhouse by SHH Architects [HomeDSGN]