It’s no coincidence this northwest London home has the look and feel of an art gallery – after all, it was commissioned by an artist.
Spanning four storeys, the Hempstead property was designed by architects Guard Tillman Pollock as a quintessential white cube enveloped by a brick garden wall. The practice sought inspiration from functional modernism when designing the five-bedroom home, which has a stark, boxy silhouette that juxtaposes the Victorian and Georgian streetscape.
Hampstead is particularly known for its 1930s landmarks, such as Wells Coates’ Isokon Building and Embassy Courts, and GTP took its cues from these glistening, white jewels. A painted fabric conceals windows and balconies and merges with the house’s crisp white facade to create a seamless singular facade.
Its interior is no less intriguing than its facade, offering a masterclass in using light. White-washed rooms open onto six secluded outdoor spaces – treelined courtyards on the ground and first floor and balconies on the upper levels, branching off the bedrooms – all accessed by glass sliding doors. Dappled light dances across poured concrete floors and is amplified by the cool minimalist scheme.
The Modern House is listing the London property for a cool £5.25m. And because it belongs to an artist, we’re particularly drawn to its basement studio space, with soft milky light and high ceilings for oversized canvases and glass doors that open onto a sunken courtyard.
Snoop around its serene spaces in the gallery above.