House in Hampstead

House in Hampstead

Originating from an invited competition for a 13,000 sqft private house in Hampstead, the concept for this single storey five bedroom house responded to the planning constraints of the conservation area. The house folds its way down the site in a falling leaf pattern, cradling mature trees, creating private courtyards, and obscuring the overall scale of the building by working with the contours of the site.

Programmatically the house is formed of three areas; sleeping, private living, and entertaining. Each area is wrapped around its own ‘outdoor room’, allowing the space to open up for entertaining, retaining a direct connection with the mature trees and landscape.

The setting of the building is particularly sensitive to views looking across the site from above and to views from below. A series of Hampstead redbrick garden walls and gently stepping green roofs preserve the key conservation area views from below. The sinuous form and landscaped roofs are lost in the tree canopy and landscape above.


  • Client: Private Client
  • Location: Hampstead, London
  • Type: Residential
  • Gross Floor Area: 13, 000 sq ft
  • Stage: Invited Competition 2013