Dominic McKenzie Architects, has recently completed the renovation of a Modernist 1970s house by the renowned post-war architects Powell and Moya. Powell and Moya’s most famous work, the Skylon was the defining icon of the 1951 Festival of Britain. The practice’s other work includes: the Museum of London, the British pavilion at the 1970 World Fair, accommodation and art galleries for Oxbridge colleges, swimming pools, hospitals, theatres and conference centres. DMA have ensured that the new renovation work is sympathetically integrated with the design intent of Powell and Moya’s original designs.
Our work involved the removing a small ground floor bedroom/ boxroom and the complete opening up of the ground floor and rear wall, with a new concealed steel structure supporting the upper floor walls and rear facade. The result is a large open plan space of 8 x 5 metres which flows through to the courtyard garden.
In order to unite the ground floor and garden and as a homage to the house’s 1970s Modernism (as seen at the Barbican, or the Louisiana Museum outside Copenhagen), DMA installed a new brick tile floor which runs through from inside the property to outside.