Installing a Lift in a Listed Arts and Crafts Building in Westminster, London.

Installing a Lift in a Listed Arts and Crafts Building in Westminster, London

This design has been prepared for me by the renowned artist Jon Wealleans who is co-founder of 4D Studio

We propose a glazed lift enclosure with pale grey etched patterns and after some research we have based the designs on a 1904 textile design by Linsay P Butterfield. Lindsay P. Butterfield (1869-1948) was an unofficial heir to the William Morris Arts and Crafts tradition. He began designing in the 1890s, incorporating Morris’s floral observations, the pattern layering, outlining and emphasis on stems and leaves rather than flowers.

The motif works well with the retained handrail and spindles of the existing staircase. The lower half of the lift car casing is intended to be opaque and this could be gloss white coated glass and the floor of the lift would be white marble. The frames would be white and we will probably need an internal handrail.

John Muir