a look at the street view of this Victorian era terrace house. It
would be hard to imagine a more 'straight-laced' dwelling for the
no-doubt highly respectable folk who first inhabited this house over
a hundred years ago. But Victorian society was complex, and behind
the respectable clothing and architectural facades life in the homeland
and out in the colonies was as passionate and seamy as in any era.
Literature was pre-occupied with the dark and savage and exotic, and
the primitive cultures of the Empire were a source of fascination.
It is this side of Victorian life which is repressed in the original
architecture of this house, but which finds expression in the extension,
designed with the help of architecture graduate Dianne Peacock. The
kitchen in particular takes its inspiration from the forms of African
shields, while the Cat Door shape evokes carved sculptural forms.