Hopkins House

Hopkins Architects, London Borough of Camden, 1977


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Metal bridge leading to the entrance 

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  • Metal bridge leading to the entrance    
  • The house seen from Downshire Hill    
  • View of the house in context of its neighbour    
  • Detail of the garden front    
  • Diagonal bracing    
  • Garden elevation    
  • The open staircase in the centre of the house    
  • Upper living space    
  • Michael Hopkins on the open spiral stair that links the two floors of the house    
  • Pattie Hopkins in the upper living space    
  • Street and garden level plans    
  • Section    
  • Working detail: Wall    
  • Working detail: Wall    

Michael and Pattie Hopkins' prefabricated steel framed house inserted into a leafy street of Regency villas

Approaching from Downshire Hill, the Hopkins House appears as a single storey building. However, planting conceals a storey height difference between the road and the site, allowing a further storey below.

Living spaces are located on the upper floor, addressing the public street and taking advantage of raised garden views to the rear, with bedrooms enjoying the privacy of the lower floor. A footbridge spans between the first floor entrance and the access road.

Metal decking for both the floors and roof is supported on a two-way grid of lattice trusses. Side walls are of insulated sandwich panels with full-height sliding glass doors comprising the front and rear facades.

The internal planning is open and flexible. Venetian blinds hanging between the internal columns define the various living functions, while prefabricated melamine partitions enclose the bedrooms and shower rooms.


  • Completed: 1977
  • Floor area: 240m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £20,000
  • Address: Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London Borough of Camden, NW3 1NR, United Kingdom

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