A linear apartment in a purpose-built 1920s mansion block was substantially refurbished and reorganized by NLS. The project places a strong emphasis on quality of materials and maximizes the perceived living space within the apartment. The most substantial alteration was the restructuring of the hallway, returning it to its original proportions by removing the utility area added at a later date and creating a new frameless glass wall between hallway and reception area. The reconstructed apartment is finished along minimal lines, with extra close attention paid to materials, textures and surfaces. NLS created a full complement of bespoke furniture pieces for the space, including new headboards, consoles and benches in matching oak and leather.
This Grade II Georgian house was refurbished for a young family. The aim from the outset was to mix different styles enhancing the Georgian features, whilst adding retro 70s glamour. The well proportioned living room occupying the full width of the house still contained the grand original cornicing, tall ornate skirting, french doors with shutters and a handsome marble fireplace. The dining room occupies an existing extension on the lower ground floor but NLS replaced the old windows with anthracite coloured Crittall steel ones to enhance the garden room feel. The master bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and bathroom were created with a small tweak in the plan layout. Permission was finally granted to create one door access by moving a doorway by 0.5m and creating a master suite. NLS put back the original Georgian detailing in the bathroom; cornicing, skirting and window frame before adding a 70s twist with the insertion of a floating arabescato marble vanity unit and splash back.
This extensively developed design for a new private house in Devon translated a detailed, evocative client brief into a modern structure for a large three-generation family. The dramatic sea-front location was maximised by vast windows and a tiered garden that stepped down towards the dunes, eventually blending into the coastal view. Sandhills was designed from the outset to be a house that was integrated with the landscape. The entire façade 'wraps' around the view, with the living accommodation divided into three distinct architectural elements, united by a cascading terrace that leads down into the garden and beyond. Angles and elevations were all created to set up specific vistas, both throughout the house itself and across its immediate surroundings. The carefully shaped roofs and walls are angled to direct sunlight to specific places around the property depending on the time of day; terraces receive the maximum amount of evening light, for example. The internal arrangement incorporates private space and social areas, with the garden accessible from almost every ground floor room.
The client brief was to transform an existing fifth floor roof terrace in Clerkenwell into a spectacular entertaining space. Wooden decking with integral seating and lounging areas is arranged to form separate sections for cooking and relaxing, as well as two bars. Other new elements include an extra-large Jacuzzi together with an open-air shower. Whitewashed oak posts are combined with Ipe hardwood decking and stainless steel planters to create a beach-side ambience. The shower 'curtain' is made from the tiny stainless steel balls used in sink chains. The terrace is arranged over two levels, with the lower level fitted with pale Portuguese limestone, a material also used to face the kitchen unit. The result is an insular, self-contained oasis in the heart of the city.
Nick Leith-Smith Architecture + Design was founded in 2000. The studio’s portfolio includes luxury retail design and high-end residential work, working alongside internationally recognised brands, property developers and private clients. Every project, regardless of scale, is highly crafted, with strong elements of personalisation, material innovation and bold modern style.
Nick Leith-Smith has strong connections to the worlds of fashion and design, and these bold, expressionist qualities are married to a sound understanding of historic and contemporary design, new technology and the extensive use of contemporary craftsmanship, modern materials and strong forms.
The studio’s services are demonstrated through our diverse portfolio of projects spanning multiple and varied sectors: Residential, retail, office, leisure, cultural, education, master planning and landscaping.