Southstudio with Ron Sidell has been given the green light for a new five-bedroom family residence next to Hampstead Heath.
The 530m² home in secluded woodland next to the heath replaces a previous 1930 home on the same site which had fallen into a dilapidated state.
Southstudio was set up three years ago by Richard Brearley, a former partner at John Miller & Partners and Patrick Bankhead, who also worked at John Miller & Partners, Sheppard Robson and Sidell Gibson Architects.
According to the practice, the design has been concieved as a contemporary pavilion which follows the linear nature of the site and appears to visually ‘float’ above the ground.
Large areas of glazing to all ground floor living areas allow uninterrupted views into the dense woodland of Kenwood. A dramatic continuous double height space leads from the entrance through the length of the house, providing for horizontal and vertical circulation, as well as separating the main living areas from the boundary.
This naturally top lit space provides daylight and sunlight deep within the house, and down to the basement pool area.
Southstudio incorporated low-maintenance long-life grey render for the external envelope of the house, complimented by areas of sweet chesnut vertical cladding.
Southstudio was formed by Richard Brearley and Patrick Bankhead in 2011 after working together at John Miller + Partners and Sidell Gibson Architects. Recent projects include two schools in London for The French Education Property Trust, and a masterplan for the expansion of a listed primary school building alongside housing and open spaces in Brent.