Diespeker terrazzo is an inspired addition to a light-filled residential terraced house in Swiss Cottage.
This fascinating project in Swiss Cottage called for the total rebuild of the original structure, with a new basement level and third floor added in the new design.
One of the outstanding features of the design is the stunning wraparound staircase that connects all four floors. Using a retractable skylight, natural light penetrates right down to the basement level.
The stairwell features folded metal plates cantilevering from the walls. Untreated, the metal felt too industrial so this was sprayed a clean white adding to the natural flow of the stairway.
Keith Carver of architectural and design practice Studio Carver was keen to accentuate the flow of the stairs with a beautiful material. He says he was looking for an organic material that would flow down the stairs, reminiscent of the effect of a carpet runner.
Keith had used Diespeker terrazzo on a previous project and suggested to the client, a fan of pop art, that they might like to consider a light terrazzo with big feature chunks. After looking at a variety of samples, TE084 was deemed the pick of the pops.
Due to the need for a practical, durable material for the busy stairs and adjoining hall floors, this was specified as a cement terrazzo. The result is a unique four storey staircase that offers a creative mixture of purity and vibrant colours. At the same time, Keith says, ‘mature, loose and fun’.
Keith added that working with the Diespeker team, particularly MD John Krause and Operations Manager Bruno Dias was ‘a great collaboration’.
Architectural & design practice: Studio Carver
Interior designer: Emma Krikler
Photography: Richard Chivers