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A townhouse in London characterized by natural light impresses with minimalist furnishings

Natural light in architecture and especially in one’s own home plays an important role for everyone and is therefore one of the basic requirements when it comes to planning one’s own four walls. And if you are building a completely new house, you can easily have everything that is important designed and planned. If one decides instead however for a finished and still in addition old house, it looks already completely differently. Because then you have to see how to use the existing optimally or modify it.

Natural light, open living spaces and staircase and light sources as discreet decoration

This was the challenge faced by the owners of this modern house, which was originally an old Victorian building dating from 1851 and is located in London in the United Kingdom. The owners were particularly bothered by the poor lighting conditions, but also by the room layout in the manner typical of this style, so a solution had to be found. The architects from FLOW Architects helped them with a rather radical decision: in order to get natural light and open living spaces, the house had to be almost completely demolished and rebuilt.

Natural light with waterfall effect

Natural light in high ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows

The project, which was supposed to bring natural light into dark rooms, lives up to its name “Light Falls.” This is because, like a real waterfall, it creates the effect of cascades, except that here natural light cascades into the living spaces, blending the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces. Because the building is located in a conservation area, the exterior facade had to be retained. In this way, the Victorian style could be maintained to some extent and combined with the modern interior.

Large windows as natural light sources

Natural light in the living rooms thanks to large sliding doors and windows

A light-filled courtyard forms the center of the house. This, as well as the open staircase allow the light to easily illuminate the rooms. In the dining area, which is directly adjacent to the open kitchen, as well as the living room, this is also achieved through high windows. The whole thing is also supported by the use of light materials in wood color, white and light gray tones. Dark colors serve only here and there as an accent.

Natural light in the minimalist living spaces

Stylish interior in subtle colors and with modern furniture pieces


Also striking is the combination of straight lines and shapes and organic, sinuous ones like these. While the kitchen and much of the rest of the furniture, including the built-in cabinets , are characterized by straight lines, the staircase, as well as some wooden accents of the ceiling show rounded, undulating shapes that are almost sculptural. In the evening hours, numerous artificial light sources create the necessary ambience, including indirect lighting , but also modern pendant, as well as ceiling lights.

The garden

Garden in the city with garden path made of paving stone

In the garden, not only the large walnut tree is an eye-catcher. There, too, the decision was made for organic forms instead of straight paths and geometrically shaped beds . The small terrace is on a lower level than the garden, which is reached via a staircase. White concrete frames the beds and creates an attractive accent to the gray paving stones. Another nice contrast here is the lushly planted beds.

Lushly planted beds in a city garden and design with white concrete


Take a closer look below at the stunning home design, which impresses not only with natural light, and get an idea of the stunning work of the architects. Take a look at the bright living spaces and be inspired by the minimalist and stylish furnishings and decor!

Designer built-in wardrobe and open staircase

Indirect light in the seating area with brown sofa as a color accent

White walls and natural wood

Natural light creates bright living spaces in a minimalist furnished house

Light strip for indirect light in the ceiling

Living wall idea to close for a sleek and minimalist look

Minimalist kitchen cabinets in white

Minimalist kitchen in white with high stove and built-in cabinets

Monochrome kitchen design in gray and white

Modern monochrome kitchen in white and gray with stone countertop

Bedroom with wooden privacy screen

Bedroom in natural colors and privacy screen on the window made of wood

Subtle and stylish decorations

Subtle decorations in pleasant colors - tapestry and blue-gray sofa

Living room wall with organic shapes

Straight and organic lines merge in the minimalist decor

Large skylight for natural light

A window was installed in the roof to allow natural light to penetrate the interiors

Spiral staircase with organic design

Spiral staircase made of natural wood with open design allows natural light in the house

Bright laminate and large windows create a friendly atmosphere

Attractive hallway with built-in wardrobe and laminate flooring

Decorative pendant lights in industrial style

Industrial style pendant lights in dining room

London townhouse combines modern and Victorian style

Open staircase design with winding banisters

Open space design as a solution for originally dark rooms

Natural light is reflected by white walls in minimalist style

Natural and indirect light in one: the steps have a distance from the wall through which light penetrates

Combination of natural and indirect light in the staircase area

Narrow house with clever design

London house modern renovation with skylight

Monochrome bathroom in gray and with a large mirror

Modern bathroom in gray with copper accents and large mirrored wall

Elegant accents in metallic in the bathroom

Bathroom with modern elements and minimalist design

Victorian brick facade

Natural light in a house with Victorian style facade

First floor plan

Natural light in a narrow townhouse - first floor layout

Floor plan second floor

Mezzanine floor plan with seating area for relaxing and glass railing

Plan of the roof

Plan with view of the roof and garden from above

Side view of the house

Natural light in the basement and dark rooms through practical interior design

The house has 5 floors, some of which are underground

House in side view with cascading design of floors

Optimal use of the narrow plot area

Comfortable city living in Light Falls by Flow Architecture architects

3D view

Underground and above-ground house construction to maximize the use of the site

Design by Flow Architecture .