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The Water House

Location | Hampstead, London
Type | New-build
Size | 11,200 sq ft
SHH Services | Planning, Architecture & Interior Design
Status | Submitted for planning permission


The Water House, located directly alongside Hampstead Heath, is a striking, new-build scheme which will replace an existing family home. The new house makes the most of the site’s private setting to create intimate and screened spaces for the client and his family, via built form and existing fauna, by nestling the building as much as possible into the site. The green-roofed house is made up of 2 cruciform linear sections and features a lightweight structure; open-plan living and two entrances of equal distinction, for both pedestrian visitors and those arriving by car. It has many sustainable features and has been designed with the utmost sensitivity to both ecological concerns and the local community in terms of impact on the Heath and its users, including moving as little earth as possible during construction and favouring natural UK materials, such as Welsh slate.