House in St. John's Wood by Hogarth Architects


London studio Hogarth Architects have designed a house for north London where the facade facing the street will be made from overlapping sheets of bronze and Portland stone

The two-bedroom residence will replace an existing artist's studio in the conservation area of St John's Wood.

It will feature a green roof and an extra storey below street level.

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Other projects by Hogarth Architects on Dezeen:

Fireball lily lodge
Queens gate terrace appartments

Here's some words from the architects:

Hogarth Architects have won planning permission for a  £1 million new-build project to build a contemporary home for a private client in north London.

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After  two and half years, three planning  applications and one appeal, planning permission  was finally granted in December 2009.   The planning committee cited detailed design and appearance of the front façade as reasons for the initial refusals.

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The new building replaces an existing, single storey, artists studio located in St.John’s Wood conservation area. The design is for a 250sqm, two bedroom house with a green roof and and sunken garden.

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The size of the proposal could not exceed the dimensions of the original building however an additional floor was made possible by locating it below ground level. The design is a contemporary solution that aims to relate to its neighbours while clearly defining itself as a separate building.

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“The front façade has a modulated surface of contrasting bronze and Portland stone surfaces to create a sculptural addition to the streetscape” says Hamish Herford, a director at the practice.

Posted on Tuesday January 19th 2010 at 11:03 am by Chris Barnes. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • João F

    I would like to see more images…

  • It is great to see this project up on dezeen and with planning permission granted!

    Having previously worked with the Hogarth Architects team on this scheme I am fully aware of the steep requirements of the brief , the challanging site and context, the spatial constraints, and the continual battles with the “conservative” planning department.

    This really is a job well done and proves that good architecture can and will prevail.

    love the resolution of the front facade and the use of brass. always good to see a bit of “bling” in an otherwise fairly traditional area of st john’s wood.

  • The front façade is an absolute piece of art. So well done and balanced with material and form, the guy is a genius and I don’t care what anyone else says!
    The plans are wonderful and the fact that the master bedroom facing the courtyard…I mean wow… I log in to his website every now and then and the guy is spot on every project.

  • Jason

    I don’t like it

  • cacas

    too cold for a house… but a good project.

  • chris

    the front is good, the back seems somewhat conventional: perhaps the model is just not a good representation.

  • rdeamer

    I dont know why he is gettin so much love, half the house is underground. the rear of the house looks like another bad contemporary interpretation of modernist spirit. Also the scale with adjacent buildings is also wierd the house is completely dwarfed and the front facade shows nothing human or living and is more akin to a art gallery than a home. Average..

  • me

    Thanks Jason for well thought out and carefully crafted critique.


    i like the front view and that’s about it

  • Ed

    This really isn’t worthy of being on Dezeen… The front elevation is kinda interesting at best but the rest looks like generic commercial block with some expensive materials tacked on.

  • des

    I enjoyed working on the image for the front façade, and yes the bronze option was all ways the best one. great job

  • @des
    do you have a rough idea what was the cost of the bronze cladding on that wall? i did something simillar on a project in east london but it never went through…