Flatiron House

FORMstudio’s Flatiron House makes a virtue of a redundant and impractical office building in central London, transforming it into a home described as ‘a staircase with rooms’.

The house is located just off Oxford Street in London's Fitzrovia district. Its small triangular footprint means that only one principal room occupies each of the house's  five floors, which is topped by a roof terrace. Each space is vertically linked by the signature staircase. Its white acrylic balustrade falls through the house like a twisted ribbon, framing the 14 metre view from the glass roof to the basement, and giving an unexpected sense of scale.

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At street level, the previous shopfront has been replaced with a curved window which follows the prow-like shape of the building. Above it, a curved perforated white acrylic screen allows light into the interior space while maintaining privacy. The previously damp vault has been transformed into a wine cellar and media room beneath the street.

We have sought to take advantage of
the difficult plot dimensions and design
a quirky house which feels intimate and
accessible across all five storeys.
— Malcolm Crayton, Director FORMstudio
FORMstudio felt from the outset that
the solution to the project rested with
the design of the staircase. They have
designed a brilliant, sculptural staircase -
The practice’s attention to detail is fantastic
and everything is considered and thought
— Kevin Twittey, KRT Developments

Approx. floor area                                      153m2 (1647sq.ft.)
Architects                                                      FORMstudio                                                                 www.formstudio.co.uk
Client                                                              KRT Developments
Soft furnishings                                          Elizabeth Bowman Ltd.                                              www.elizabethbowman.co.uk
Landscaping & planting                            Bloomingbells                                                               www.bloomingbells.co.uk
Quantity surveyors                                   PT Projects                                                                    www.ptprojects.co.uk
& CDM Consultants
M&E Consultant                                          Milieu Consult                                                                www.milieuconsult.com
Structural Engineer                                    Price & Myers                                                                 www.pricemyers.com
Building Control                                           Butler & Young Ltd                                                      www.byl.co.uk
Fire Consultants                                           BWC Fire Limited                                                          www.bwcfire.com
Main Contractor                                           3 Interior Contracts Ltd                                             www.3interiors.com

Mechanical & electrical installation        K&M Technical Services                                             www.km-technical.com
Audio visual                                                    Link Media Systems                                                      www.linkmediasystems.com
Joinery                                                             Abbey Upholsterers Ltd                                              www.abbeyupholsterers.com
Aluminium windows                                    Dribond                                                                            www.dribond.co.uk
Timber sash windows                                 Dask Timber Products Ltd.                                        www.dasktimber.co.uk
Planters                                                           Ermine Engineering                                                      www.ermineengineering.co.uk
Acrylic solid surfaces                                  LG Hausys HiMacs                                                        www.himacs.eu
Lighting (LED downlights)                       AlphaLED                                                                          www.alphaled.co.uk
LED slit wall lights                                       ACDC                                                                                 www.acdclighting.co.uk
Under-shelf lighting                                  Hafele                                                                                 www.hafele.co.uk
Lighting (low level bathroom)                The Light Corporation                                                www.lightcorporation.com
Exterior wall light                                        Aurora                                                                              www.gb.auroralighting.com
Backlit LED panels (wine store)              Electroluminate                                                            www.led-lightbox.com
Bedside flexi lights                                       Aktiva                                                                               www.aktiva.co.uk
Lighting control system                             Lutron                                                                              www.lutron.com
Oak flooring                                                  Barham & Sons                                                             www.barhams.biz
Concrete' porcelain floor tiles                Grestec                                                                            www.grestec.co.uk
Bathroom marble floor tiles                    Domus Tiles                                                                  www.domustiles.co.uk
Bathroom wall tiles                                     World's End tiles                                                         www.worldsendtiles.co.uk
Kitchen splashback                                     Glaverbel - Lacobel                                                     www.agc-glass.eu
Carpet to home cinema                            Westex Carpets                                                           www.westexcarpets.co.uk
Gas fire                                                           CVO www.cvo.co.uk
Ironmongery – lever handles                FSB by Allgood                                                              www.allgood.co.uk
Ironmongery – flush pulls                      SDS London                                                                    www.sdslondon.co.uk
Ironmongery – door closers                 Perko Powermatic
Towel radiators                                          Zehnder - Subway                                                       www.zehnder.co.uk
Wine racks                                                   Wild Grapes                                                                    www.wild-grapes.co.uk


Notes to Editors

FORMstudio aims to create places that can be inhabited and experienced by people in a natural and instinctive way. Enjoyable places with a tranquil sense of simplicity, which create a supportive and uplifting backdrop for life.

Individual solutions are developed for our clients which are an intelligent, inventive and sustainable response to the complex matrix of issues that shapes each project. Solutions with a lucidity and apparent simplicity which belie their underlying complexity. Listening, analysis, discussion and clarification are at the heart of an inclusive approach that recognises the fact that some of the best ideas are generated in the space between people rather than by individuals. 

Studying together, and later teaching, at The Bartlett (UCL), directors Malcolm Crayton & Jeremy Lingard first recognised the strengths of combining their shared enthusiasms and complementary skill sets in a collaborative design approach driven and tested by discussion. An approach that has been honed over the years and is at the heart of the practice’s working method today. 

Supported by talented staff including three Associates, who have added further core technical, energy use and design expertise to the practice, the directors maintain a direct involvement in the development and evolution of every project. Investing in people and celebrating diversity, FORMstudio aims to engage with and draw out the particular individual strengths of its staff, developing experience and knowledge base through practice and ideas sharing.