Tite Street, SW3

Tite Street, SW3

Restoring a historic Chelsea building to its former glory whilst creating a contemporary family home

33 Tite Street was exceptional for two reasons - its expansive 17.5 metre frontage and the voluminous studio space within, previously occupied by the notable artists John Singer Sargent and James Whistler.

Our vision was to merge two parts within the building to create a large contemporary home with a subterranean link beneath the re-landscaped garden; significantly increasing the internal space by 56% to over 5,000 sq ft, and providing all the features expected of a home at this level of the market.

After careful negotiation with Kensington and Chelsea Council, planning consent was granted for the restoration and extension of this spectacular Grade II listed building on one of Chelsea's most famous Victorian streets.

The appointed architectural practise, Studio Mackereth's approach was both sensitive and innovative. Key spaces such as the studio were refurbished and retained all original features, whilst the new oak floor and fabric wall covering (matched to the exact yellow that Whistler had the studio walls painted) returned the space to its spectacular former glory. A striking contemporary staircase provided a focal point and created a visual link throughout the floors of the building.