Architect: Francisco Sutherland Architects
Structural Engineer: Barton Engineers
Main Contractor/Joinery: Dubel Joinery
Wood Supplier: Tin Tab
Photography: Anton Rodriguez
Wood Species: European oak
This mezzanine structure was designed for a flat within the Barbican Estate. The flat is a M3a type – a triplex at 5th, 6th and 7th floor. The brief was to design a carefully crafted piece of furniture, slotted into the top floor room, forming a mezzanine platform, shower room and wardrobes serving the master bedroom. The design of the bathroom carefully coordinates with the existing communal services. Oak plywood panels with a birch core were chosen to contrast with the hardwood used on the main existing staircase. Storage and shutters were integrated into the design of the upper platform and follow the curve of the ceiling and original window detailing. The design was based on the idea of a room within a room, as well as a lived-in piece of furniture: a multi-functional object occupying a larger space.