Set in a Grade II Listed Victorian School, The Lycée offers spacious, adaptable, horizontal living for an extended family. Combining two flats into one, the strategy was to create a single double-height space flowing seamlessly throughout the ground floor, dividable through carefully detailed concealed storey-high doors. In the mezzanine in the centre of the flat, ingenious joinery divides the space and provides adaptable areas for working, studying, sitting, and doubling up as occasional bedrooms. Seemingly never-ending options for dividing the space allow this to be enjoyed, not locked up in bedrooms.
Materials play an important role: in the main space at ground floor level, with raw, self-coloured materials, sand blasted stock brick, mirrored insulated walls and oak joinery. On the first floor and mezzanine the joinery is white, with vibrant green carpets, and walnut stairs. Although a big, dramatic, impressive space this apartment also holds secret and private places.