Schreiber House, Hampstead

James Gowan , London, 1964


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View of access to main terrace 

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  • View of access to main terrace    
  • Blue rustic staffordshire engineering bricks    
  • View from garden showing remote area    
  • The study    
  • Looking from kitchen across hall into dining room    
  • Ground floor looking from living room    
  • Kitchen looking south    
  • Living room looking out over entrance    
  • Dining room looking south with study above    
  • Detail of underside of dining table    
  • Site plan    
  • Basement plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Section including junction details    

Four-storey house in Hampstead, designed for Chaim Schreiber, leading British furniture manufacturer of the 1960s

The house is planned over four floors, service rooms in the basement, living rooms on the ground floor, main suite on the first and children’s bedrooms and studio on the second floor.

Each floor is arranged as an open suite but a double door can be pivoted to allow for individual privacy. To get the view of Hampstead Heath, the rooms extend the full depth of the house and the cross section is stepped to form a clerestory at roof level.

The planning module is expressed externally by narrow vertical brick and window panels and internally by in-situ plaster wall panels, ceiling and floor units and doors.

Schreiber had special built-in furniture and room dividers made, using his factory machinery, but designed by Gowan. The building was equiped with high-tech devices of the day, such as blown warm-air heating and a built-in vacuum cleaner system.

Moulded ply storage units were individually designed as well as all furniture, carpets and curtains. These were all based on the planning module.


  • Begun: Mar 1963
  • Completed: Jun 1964
  • Floor area: 4,877m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £89,284
  • Tender date: Jan 1963
  • Procurement: RIBA with quantities
  • Address: 3 West Heath Road, London, NW3 7UU, United Kingdom

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