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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Cannon Lane House in London, England by Claudio Silvestrin Architects

 
November 22nd, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Claudio Silvestrin Architects

This newly built house is located in the conservation area of Hampstead village in north-west London.

The project, commissioned by a developer with the intention of selling it to the luxury market, comprises a 5-storey house of 800m2, with an inset garage, 160m2 garden, and an indoor pool / spa.

Image Courtesy © Claudio Silvestrin Architects

Image Courtesy © Claudio Silvestrin Architects

  • Architects: Claudio Silvestrin Architects
  • Project: Cannon Lane House
  • Location: Hampstead, London, England, United Kingdom
  • Photography: James Morris, Pietro Savorelli and Giulia Ricagni
  • Client: Astwood
  • Size: 800m2
  • Date: 2015

Image Courtesy © Claudio Silvestrin Architects

Image Courtesy © Claudio Silvestrin Architects

From the street, at the top of a narrow lane, the house has a quiet and understated elegance, in brickwork and glass. But stepping inside is to enter into another world, as if a cottage has been transformed into a castle.

Image Courtesy © James Morris

Image Courtesy © James Morris

Image Courtesy © Claudio Silvestrin Architects

Image Courtesy © Claudio Silvestrin Architects

In warm earth tones, which range from honey through to bronze, and austere but luxurious lines, the interior reflects the distinguished work of architect Claudio Silvestrin.

Image Courtesy © Pietro Savorelli

Image Courtesy © Pietro Savorelli

Image Courtesy © Claudio Silvestrin Architects

Image Courtesy © Claudio Silvestrin Architects

The natural materials and colours are kept to a minimum: yellow-ochre porphyry on the walls (from the Italian Dolomites), oxidised brass with a bronze finish (on handles, surfaces and railings), yellow-ochre porphyry, and oak on the floors. The simplicity invites touch, and the textures create abstract compositions. There is a constant dialogue between the straight and the curved line, and between openness and intimacy, with vertical window slits contrasting with expansive curved windows and glass balconies that offer views over London, reaching to the Shard.

Image Courtesy © Pietro Savorelli

Image Courtesy © Pietro Savorelli

Image Courtesy © Pietro Savorelli

Image Courtesy © Pietro Savorelli

The feeling is of a calm, serene, almost monastic space; and to achieve this simplicity, technology is mostly hidden. There is no ornamentation of any kind.

Image Courtesy © Claudio Silvestrin Architects

Image Courtesy © Claudio Silvestrin Architects

Image Courtesy © Claudio Silvestrin Architects

Image Courtesy © Claudio Silvestrin Architects

There is drama, however: a stone staircase of 42 continuous steps leads down to a pool and spa, into which only a little concentrated light is permitted, giving it the feeling of a cave or other ancient site.

Image Courtesy © Claudio Silvestrin Architects

Image Courtesy © Claudio Silvestrin Architects

Image Courtesy © Pietro Savorelli

Image Courtesy © Pietro Savorelli

A place of luxury, in terms of modern comforts (there is also a private cinema room), the house is also a demonstration of Silvestrin’s philosophy that extreme simplicity, with a perfection of line, material and light, results also in a luxury of spirit.

Image Courtesy © Claudio Silvestrin Architects

Image Courtesy © Claudio Silvestrin Architects

Image Courtesy © Claudio Silvestrin Architects

Image Courtesy © Claudio Silvestrin Architects

Image Courtesy © Claudio Silvestrin Architects

Image Courtesy © Claudio Silvestrin Architects

Image Courtesy © Claudio Silvestrin Architects

Image Courtesy © Claudio Silvestrin Architects

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