Neave Brown holds a special place within the landscape of British modernism, particularly in the capital where he designed some of London’s most revered postwar housing developments. This Camden property is particularly special because it’s part of a development Brown lived in with his family and is a forerunner to his work in the 1970s.
The Grade II-listed modernist townhouse is part of his Winscombe Street development in Camden, designed for five families – including the Browns – in 1964 in an avant-garde brutalist style for the time. The terrace is something of a prototype for his subsequent commissions, including his beloved Alexandra Road Estate, which is also Grade II-listed.
Each house spans around 1,150 sq ft with a space-saving spiral staircase as the artery connecting its three levels. Brown favoured a ‘reversed’ floor plan, with the living room and bedroom on the top floor to maximise light. A vast oculus skylight helps with this, while a sliding door separates the communal space from the bedroom.
The kitchen has been modernised from the original and is located on the entry level, with direct access to the terrace and garden, and there are two more bedrooms on the lower level.
Neave Brown was awarded the 2018 Royal Gold Medal – the UK’s highest honour for architecture – in October 2017, shortly before his death. He’s the only architect to have all of his UK works listed. Read more about his modernist legacy here.