Brian Housden’s Modernist London home has hit the market for the first time ever – and it’s a time-capsule of 1960s design.
The British architect built Housden House for his family in South Hill Park between 1963 and ‘65, and added to it slowly during the decades, designing everything inside the Brutalist property down to its bespoke fixtures. (Housden even took a City & Guilds course in woodworking so he could build its furniture himself.)
Says the architect’s daughter, Beth Housden: ‘The original plan for the Housden House was for something much more typically modern. But then our parents visited the Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht and dad was encouraged to alter and enhance his design.’
The Grade II-listed London property also recalls Pierre Chareau’s Maison de Verre in Paris, with its glass brick windows, but it has a design sensibility unique to its owner. As Historic England put it in its heritage listing, ‘the house possesses a consistency and novelty of vision that is entirely Housden’s.’
Raw concrete is softened by bright pops of colour inside the Modernist property, in the form of mosaic tiles, fabrics and glossy surfaces. Living spaces are set over its lower ground floor, which backs onto a large garden at the rear and features a sunken dining area with a bespoke round dining table surrounded by glass bricks.
Concrete ceilings and surfaces can be found across the property, on the market via The Modern House at £3.25m, while a concrete staircase leads up to three bedrooms on the first floor.
The master suite features as a soaring ceiling, wall of glass bricks and views of Hampstead Heath from its windows. Mezzanine storage has been built into the void above the hallway, and fitted with coloured sliding doors.
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