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This exceptional house designed by the architect Terry Pawson in 2002 is located on a quiet residential street in Wimbledon. The 4-bedroom house sits discreetly away from the road, yet inside it opens up with a series of engaging spaces permeated with natural light. Concrete, glass, oak, black slate and mild steel provide the primary palette for the refined interior.
Externally the house comprises an oak-clad tower sitting on a reinforced concrete base and a long, lateral volume with a planted roof that opens up onto a large garden. A roof terrace on the tower gives panoramic views across London to the South Downs. There is off-street parking at the front of the house. Internally, the tower holds four bedrooms (two en suite) and two further bath / shower rooms. The lateral space holds a reception room and a wonderful kitchen / dining room that looks out over the garden.
The house, which was the recipient of an RIBA award in 2002, was built on the site of an old coach house. Since it is located in a Conservation Area, Pawson had to be sensitive to his surroundings, creating a building that is elegant and composed on the outside, yet thrilling on the inside. This is the only house designed by Pawson, who more commonly designs acclaimed commercial and public buildings. “Pawson’s work exudes a calm thoughtfulness and a concern with the qualities of space, site and light,” the architecture critic at the Financial Times, Edwin Heathcote, recently wrote. Pawson uses “a sublime yet unpretentious contemporary [architectural] language” he added, referring to the Tall House as “a series of simple, superb spaces”.
The location of the house is an area known as Wimbledon
Park. The Underground station of the same name is a short walk away
(District Line) and Wimbledon Village, which has a wide range of quality shops
and restaurants, is easily reached on foot or by car. The All England Tennis Club (visible from the roof terrace) is also a short walk away. The area is renowned of its good schools.
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