Brompton Road is situated to the east of the site, an active road characterised at this location by a series of specialist high end retail stores, cafes and directly opposite the site, The Hour Glass public house. The two-storey structure is situated between a six-storey and a three-storey building. The rights of light to the neighbouring properties negate significant development. Opportunity does exists to test the careful placement of a new form atop the existing roof level.
The new structure breaks through the building’s formal frame out on to Brompton Road. Axial views are provided along the street. The new single dwelling is accessed through a discrete doorway to a privately controlled circulation tower; this leads to a roof top courtyard. The courtyard provides a space both to enjoy the street life of Brompton Road and to find seclusion from it. The inhabitants pass through the courtyard to access the home.