Repoussoir is a visual art technique that involves positioning elements in the foreground, middle ground and background in order to frame the image and draw the viewer in. In this Victorian terraced house, the London architecture studio ConForm employs a similar effect to achieve a sense of spatial and visual coherence in an architectural reconfiguration. Welcome to the Repoussoir project, which uses Dinesen Douglas planks to underscore the effect.
Private residence – London, UK
Photographer: Simone Bossi
Thickness: 28 mm. Width: 300 mm. Random lengths: 2–5 m
Finish: Lye and White Soap
Repoussoir is the transformation of a Victorian terraced house in London, designed and executed by ConForm. With a material palette of brick, steel and Dinesen Douglas wood, the design enhances the lines of the existing building and connects interior and exterior, both visually and structurally.
The perpendicular steel members that form the rear and side extensions of the building create a framework that connects indoor and outdoor spaces. Their dark colour frames the uninterrupted view of the outside in an open structure that maximises the influx of light.
The open-plan design creates an inviting spatial interior and exterior flow, a feeling that is underscored by the impressive linear Dinesen floor planks that extend through the building from front to back. Further adding to the coherent design experience, the brick walls and ceilings draw facade references into the interior.