Arthur Road House

Terry Pawson Architects, London, 2002


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Arthur Road elevation 

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  • Arthur Road elevation    
  • View of house from back garden    
  • West front bedroom tower. Bedrooms have fixed windows and separate ventilation openings.  Top floor bedroom faces east    
  • Staircase hall with vertiginous stair, a matter of continuing Regulations discussion    
  • From the outdoor terrace the space flows through the dining area into the kitchen. Multiple openings let in shafts of light    
  • Lounge area stacked above kitchen, its floor curtailed each end to increase flow of light through the volume    
  • Flow of space into a mature, though equally narrow, garden.  A small, low-maintenance palette of materials has been used    
  • View from opening out of staircase hall    
  • Top bedroom with access stair to roof    
  • First floor bedroom    
  • Roof terrace with access stair cover open    
  • Site plan    
  • Lower ground floor plan    
  • Upper ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Third floor plan    
  • Central stair volume stops on first floor to allow top (second) floor bedroom views to the east, hence perimeter access stair    
  • Long section    
  • Cut-away isometric of front elevation    
  • Glazing detail    

Modern home built over five-stories for the architect's family in suburban Wimbledon

The site is very narrow and quite steeply sloping, while the proximity of a large Edwardian villa meant that rights of light had to be respected. Local authority planners were, however, receptive to the principle of a new, modern house.

No room in the house is more than 5m wide. The plan is necessarily linear. The pavilion is covered by a concrete barrel vault, with external planting to soften its impact. A clear route through the building extends along the northern perimeter, passing through the hall and leading visitors to the staircase, which leads down to the dining area and garden terrace.

The structure of the house comprises three quite distinct components: a concrete podium ground floor and basement; a timber-framed superstructure to the front three storeys; and a steel-framed external envelope enclosing the main double-height spaces at the rear.


  • Completed: 2002
  • Floor area: 186m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £320,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Procurement: Architect as designer and main contractor
  • Address: Arthur Road House, Wimbledon Park, London, SW19 7DR, United Kingdom

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