Hampstead, London, UK
Situated in a secluded mature garden setting, the house is designed around a series of courtyards. Arranged over two levels, the main living accommodation is located at ground level with bedrooms below. Each room opens out into courtyards to provide natural daylight, ventilation and outside space. This relationship extends each room creating a wonderful sense of space and a direct connection with the garden.
The scale of the house is sympathetic to the surrounding landscape, whilst still achieving the clients brief to create a well proportioned, functional four-bedroom family home. The designs sensitive approach was particularly important, as the site is located within the Hampstead Conservation Area. Planning approval was granted under delegated powers.
The palette of materials, which include slate and copper, were carefully considered to compliment the natural environment.
In addition, sustainable design principles were integrated. As a result the buildings envelope is highly insulated and benefits from the thermal mass and natural insulation provided by the surrounding earth. Other measures introduced include: a ground source heat pump supplying electrical energy to the house, natural ventilation and a rainwater collection system.