Discreetly located in the heart of London’s Hampstead Village, this astonishing modern house is the finest achievement of the renowned architects Paxton Locher. The house is set behind electric gates, and has a front courtyard with two off-street parking spaces. Measuring approximately 6,500 sq ft internally, it is set around a spectacular 40ft double-volume reception room. This room has two retractable glass rooflights which, when open, transform the space into an open-air courtyard. Running alongside is a dramatic custom-made glass swimming pool.
An open-plan kitchen with dining area adjoins the reception room at one end, along with a raised sitting/TV room. At the other end is a gymnasium. Overlooking the pool is the master bedroom, which has a dressing room and his and hers bathrooms. There are four further bedrooms: two beyond the gymnasium, each with their own sitting rooms and kitchenettes, with access to a small patio area; a guest suite on the first floor; and a self-contained studio / guest annexe with its own entrance, ideal for staff accommodation.
The lower ground floor contains a party and media room, with high-level windows looking in to the pool. There is also an integrated garage offering two further parking spaces, with a sliding wall onto the front courtyard.
The house on Gayton Road is the most recent and arguably the finest of Paxton Locher’s residential projects. Typically, it makes expert use of a restricted site, concentrating the views upwards and opening itself to the sky, and contains many of their signature design elements, including the retractable roof and internal swimming pool.