House London is an insider’s guide to the city’s best architectural makeovers
House London is a new book offering insight into some of the best redesigns of the capital’s historic and ubiquitous brick house typology
London’s rich and diverse building stock is sustainable and resilient. From Georgian to Victorian to Edwardian to the 20th century, the capital and its suburbs are home to an array of familiar typologies that have survived bombs and bulldozers, as well as endless changes in the way we use our houses. Now a new book, House Londontakes the reader on a journey through all this potential, celebrating the historic, humble, ubiquitous and ever-changing typology of brick houses.
It is in this evolution that architects come into play. Townhouses and apartments exist in an endless, itinerant cycle of regeneration and renovation as the economy and demographics change, providing designers and their customers a chance for endless variety and experimentation within relatively tight parameters.
Ellie Stathaki, Wallpaper’s own architecture editor, has plenty of experience finding the best new architecture in the capital. In this new monograph, she is joined by her sister Anna, an accomplished architectural photographer.
Hampstead House by Dominic McKenzie Architects and Suzy Hoodless
Together they have brought together 50 of the best recent examples of radical home renovations, from large single-family homes to industrial apartments and traditional terraces, creating an intriguing snapshot of the changing tastes and innovations shaped by some of the brightest names in architecture and interior of London. design scene.
OHSt by 6a Architects
What stands out is the diversity of design approaches on display. Just two decades ago, the typical London renovation had almost become a cliché, a boxy assembly of white walls, large windows and a cookie-cutter minimalism that paid little heed to the original structures .
Ellesmere Road by DROO Architecture
Those days are long gone and the projects in this book are all pleasantly different. There is still the refined modernist rigor, of course, but also the experimentation with color, material and form, as well as a renewed respect for original features.
Renovations are still the best way for young companies to cut their architectural teeth, but the book is also gaining momentum, with extensive renovations that run the gamut from postmodern opulence to intrigue. stage and explosions of polychromatic experimentation.
Upside Down House by Collective Works
It’s a book about interiors as much as architecture, intertwining the stories and lifestyles of homeowners alongside the creative process.
The lush photography eschews sterile staging in favor of a more intimate and eclectic mix, and the text is an informative and insightful celebration of design’s rightful place at the heart of the domestic realm. §