Set within the Highgate Conservation area, and close to Hampstead, the linear home of Kenwood Lee House comprises an open-plan kitchen, living and dining space, seven bedrooms, a swimming pool, cinema, gym and spa. Inspired heavily by the surrounding arts and crafts and it was imperative that Kenwood Lee House was built to be unique and contextual. The exterior of the house is contemporary and portrays a double-fronted villa and the front facade matches the predominantly brick streetscape and has similar eaves, ridges and gables. Contrastingly, the back of the house is covered predominantly in glass, and also features slim black hardwood shutters, allowing a lot of light to come through the house.
In terms of the interior, the rooms were designed to fit around a triple-height atrium which has a board-marked concrete core. The timber formwork which was used to create the board marking on the concrete, was also reused as cladding for the gym and swimming pool wall. Cantilevered oak clad staircases can also be found on both sides of the concrete core and they work their way up every floor of the building. There are also bridges across the atrium which connect the master bedroom to an ensuite bathroom and dressing room. The concrete walls were placed in the house to provide contrast to the slender and lightweight bridges and staircases which were placed around them.
There is also a floating staircase in the house which has an indoor swing suspended from it, and this adds a playful feature to the house. The open-plan L-shaped living area is divided by a sliding door and double-sided marble fireplace and can be reached after entering the front door and walking down a short corridor. There are also large skylights that illuminate the kitchen, and in the living room there is a floor to ceiling corner window, which looks out to the front of the house and the rest of the street. Additionally, there is a 400-square-metre basement which was built to express solidity and quality, and it features meticulous detailing.
Kenwood Lee House has featured on Grand Designs and has also won a 2019 Winner Brick Award and a 2019 RIBA London Award.
2019 Shortlisted BD Individual House Architect of the Year
Area 6680 sq ft
Photo Credits: Jack Hobhouse and Alan Williams