A contemporary house in Hampstead set behind an existing historic garden wall and protected lime trees. The forms, materials, and fenestration of the house relate to the surrounding Victorian fabric.
Traditional sash windows and hanging tile are combined with contemporary fixed glass windows and modern detailing.
Detail of the zinc framed and sawn oak entry gate.
The front elevation has a slightly bowed form. This is a modern re-working of adjacent Victorian bay windows. Large planes of hanging tile are divided by vertical shadow gaps with zinc reveals.
Edges of the hanging tile are exposed.
A central stair links the internal spaces of the house. Structural glass stair treads and decks bring natural light into the full depth of the house. Sawn timber risers and balusters give material warmth and texture.
An automatic opening central roof light over the stair drives passive stack ventilation to the whole house.
A white concrete and brick ‘hearth’ rises up through the centre of the house. It gives character and structure to the internal spaces, and provides a structurally and thermally stable core.
The living areas are open but retain the memory of separate rooms.
The bedrooms and bathroom at first floor level are arrayed around a central top lit stair hall.
Steps in the internal lining figure light and shade under the main roof light.
On the top floor the master bedroom runs the full length of the house. The white concrete and brick central "hearth" appears in a different form.
Deep, timber box frames create a foreground shelf to fixed windows.
Light is brought into the perimeter of the basement using pavement roof lights and light wells lined with timber and white brick.
Diagram summarising the relation between the construction and the architectural order of the house: the basement and white concrete and brick core; the stair hall and central roof light; the windows and hanging tile cladding; and the zinc roof, dormers and roof lights.