Location: North London, UK

Architect: Ralph Hill-King, of Gregory Phillips Architects

Interior Designer: Ralph Hill-King, of Gregory Phillips Architects

Construction: Relicpride

Photography: Andrew Beasley

The client approached Gregory Phillips Architects to design a house that could offer an architecturally exemplary replacement to the previous 1960’s bungalow. The brief was for easy use, single storey living which would relate well with the various external areas of the site. The client also requested that the main living spaces were positioned where they would have far reaching views.

A sense of arrival was essential, thus visitors are firstly guided through the entry courtyard bordered by a mature Maple and encompassed by 3 sides of modern brick walling, before then being led into the entrance hall, which feels like an extension of this external space. The brief called for occupant privacy throughout the house whilst allowing enjoyment of the natural sunlight from morning through to evening. The positioning of the main bedroom and main spaces were stipulated in order to satisfy these client requirements.

The brief called for extensive joinery throughout for storage of books and ornaments, plus sufficient wall space for picture hanging. A number of the client’s pieces of furniture also needed to be designed into the spaces. The completed house provides a series of well-proportioned contemporary spaces, each relating to a specific view or part of the grounds. The interior flows well, providing ease of occupation, along with an understated homely feel.

The exterior of the house has been cleverly designed, whilst considerate of its Conservation Area location. The dark toned dwelling sits well within the intensely green landscaped garden. The end result is a striking contemporary new house that provides the owner with a fantastic living environment whilst complementing its surroundings