"We brought our Australian affinity for natural light and open-plan living to Butterfly House while retaining its classic English details and sentiment." - Jean-Pierre Biasol
This immaculate two-bedroom maisonette is situated on Hackney Road, minutes from Hoxton station and Haggerston Park. The house has been entirely re-designed by Melbourne-based design studio Biasol, earning the nickname ‘Butterfly House’ thanks to its new V-shaped, wing-like roof.
Formerly configured in typically Georgian fashion, the current owners wanted to breathe new life into the living space, while maximising natural light. Consequently, all existing partitions on the first floor were removed to create an expansive open-plan living and dining area.
A teal-blue kitchen with low-lying bespoke cabinetry was also added, to elevate sight lines and ensure that light, from the original sash windows at the front of the house, flows uninterrupted across the whole of the floor. A central breakfast island perched on thin brass legs and topped with black Grigio Carnico marble was designed to appear free-standing, which the architects installed to make the kitchen feel like a natural extension of the living area.
While original details like the timber floorboards, cast-iron radiators and ornate fireplace have been maintained, surrounding surfaces have been painted white to accentuate the brightness of the space. A bespoke sideboard in English Oak runs the length of the living space and also stands on a custom-made frame. Wi-fi-controlled Nest thermostats and Sonos music systems have also been fitted.
The teal-blue theme is carried through upstairs in both the en-suite and family bathrooms, which have teal-coloured storage units, and lights by Michel De Lucchi for Artimede. Tiles in Carrara marble line both bathrooms, cut into herringbone formation on the upper half of the walls as a subtle nod to the maisonette’s classic English character. The brass tapware in both bathrooms is bespoke and was commissioned by Biasol from Melbourne-based manufacturer, Sussex Taps.
The maisonette is set back from the road. A short pathway leads through a beautiful garden at the front of the house lined with bushes and mature shrubs.
Residents can apply for street parking permits for up to two cars.
Hackney Road is home to a vibrant row of independent shops, cafes and restaurants including the Hackney outpost of Exmouth Market’s Morito, The Laughing Heart natural wine bar and The Marksman, Michelin guide’s London Pub of the Year.
The green open spaces of Haggerston Park are a short walk away, with London Fields and Broadway Market a little further to the north. Shoreditch is a short walk to the south west and contains some of London’s best bars, restaurants and high-end retailers, including the Soho House group’s Shoreditch House, Rochelle Canteen and Blue Mountain School. Bethnal Green (Central Line) and Old Street (Northern Line) Underground stations are equidistant, and Hoxton and Shoreditch High Street are both nearby for London Overground services.
Tenure: Share of Freehold
Service Charge: approx. £1,344 per annum
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.