Fitzroy Park House By Stanton Williams

Commissioned to design a new home for a family in North London, Stanton Williams replaced a late 1950s house with the Fitzroy Park House.

Fitzroy Park House By Stanton Williams

A description from Stanton Williams

Stanton Williams were commissioned to create a new family home in North London within the Highgate Conservation area, replacing a late 1950s house.

The design strategy takes advantage of the sloping site by creating new additional spaces within the lower garden level.

Fitzroy Park House By Stanton Williams

The house is surrounded by natural landscape. Its upper level cantilevers out and floats amongst the tree canopies, with views to Hampstead Heath and beyond. The position of the new house is set back sensitively from Fitzroy Park with a minimal stone and metal bridge, allowing mature trees to be retained and enhancing its peaceful setting.

Fitzroy Park House By Stanton Williams

The bridge leads into the heart of the house, which opens up to views over a day-lit double-height volume down to the lower garden level. Large sliding glass doors dissolve the boundary between inside and outside with external stone paving extending into the landscaped garden which gently curves around the house.

Fitzroy Park House By Stanton Williams

Material references for the house reflect its natural setting. Cedar fencing and oiled Iroko balconies contrast with the Accoya timber envelope. Painted in dark grey, the timber brings additional texture and colour to the limestone on the exterior fa├žade. The crisp and sharp protective exterior layers give way to softer warm interior spaces, with an extensive oak ceiling and floors laid out in limestone or dark oak.

Fitzroy Park House By Stanton Williams

The house is designed to be naturally ventilated and well insulated. Details such as skylights placed strategically at various points in the house to bring in further daylight ensure that the family can engage with nature at every possible opportunity throughout the seasons.

Fitzroy Park House By Stanton Williams

Embedded in a unique, rural-like setting, Fitzroy Park House manages to be at once protective and open.

Fitzroy Park House By Stanton Williams

Fitzroy Park House By Stanton Williams

Fitzroy Park House By Stanton Williams

Architecture: Stanton Williams
Photography: Edmund Sumner and Hufton+Crow

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