Two-Up Two-Down House is a reworking of a Victorian mid terrace, using imaginative spatial devices to maximise the limited floor area. Double height volumes, exposed structure and the blurring of rooms combine to introduce light and create the illusion of space.

Khan Bonshek’s materially driven experimental approach can be seen in bespoke timber, metal and hand made concrete elements providing texture, moments of delight and playful juxtapositions. Built over a period of four years, Khan Bonshek took a hands on role from demolition through to the finer finishing of the building. Where possible materials have been re-used and reconfigured, whilst the envelope of the building has been upgraded to surpass standards for sustainability & heat loss.

The materiality of the building has been carefully considered to provide a rich texture. Sustainable low cost timber and recycled plastics have been combined with reclaimed teak, black marble and brass to elevate the palette. Exposed brick, concrete, LVL timber beams and spruce plywood panelling also combine to give warmth and richness.


“Two-Up Two-Down House exemplifies just how the typical London terrace can be a blank canvas for the adventurous architect. For the project, husband and wife architectural practice Khan Bonshek took on a substantial project to completely overhaul a Victorian house in east London. The resulting home radically rearranges the interior volumes, pushing the space right to the limit of what's possible.”
Ellie Stathaki - Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*


Winner 2024 NLA Don’t Move Improve Transformation Award
Shortlisted 2023 Architect’s Journal Awards


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Two-Up Two-Down House

Self Build
2017-2022








Photography James Retief



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