Rice House


John McMinn Building Studio

The project incorporates the renovation and enlargement of a Victorian terrace house in west London, UK. The aim was to provide simple elegant spaces with a rich and carefully chosen palette of materials, and ample natural light, integrating the existing house with bold new additions. Materials include re-used slate slabs, salvaged from a 12th century church, along with stainless steel and tempered glass fixtures, based on the drilled structural glass fittings invented by the home owner, pioneering engineer, Peter Rice. A key element of the new work was an experimental white concrete floating roof, enclosing part of the rear garden providing new kitchen and dining spaces, which intimately connect to a small brick enclosed rear garden court.