Squeezing a brand new detached house into the grounds of a Hampstead mansion block might seem unlikely, but Hamilton Court Developments and Claridge Architects have managed something quite special, creating a private home that actually improves the garden for neighbouring residents.
The Garden House at Oak Hill Park, currently on the market for £3.25m with TK International and Savills, is 2,000 sq ft ultra-modern three-bed lateral residence (bungalow) that’s been fully embedded into the site’s existing topography, and even delivers a large – and usable – garden for neighbouring residents on its roof.
This “intensive green roof,” which replaces the previous sloping garden, provides a terraced seating area, a lawn and a perimeter with planted foliage and small trees which should provide extra privacy for the occupants below.
Diagonally laid strips of oiled kebony, traditionally used in the yacht building industry, wrap the building’s clean, geometric form. A restricted palette of materials, natural tones and simple lines allow the dwelling to settle within a suburban garden context, say designers Claridge Architects.
Jonathan Ellis, Director at Hamilton Court Developments: “Carved into the side of a hill in Hampstead, hidden from view the task of creating something as truly unique as The Garden House was daunting. The Hamilton Court Developments model of innovative bespoke design with unprecedented attention to detail enabled us to achieve something exquisite.”
- Developer: Hamilton Court Developments
- Architects: Claridge Architects
- Address: Oak Hill Park, London, NW3 7LP
- Number of units: One
- GIA: 2024 sq ft
- Status: For sale
- Asking price: £3.25m
- Sales Agents: TK International & Savills
- Interior Design: Sophie Smith of Hamilton Court Developments
- Landscaping: Penny Smith
- Structural Engineers: Elite Designers
- M&E consultant: Integration UK
- Quantity surveyor: NewtonWood
- Main contractor: Cube Construction Ltd
Photographs courtesy of Tony Murray Photography
Floorplan courtesy of Claridge Architects