John Winter House

John Winter, London, 1969


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Main facade 

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  • Main facade    
  • East elevation from across Swain    
  • Garden elevation    
  • The garden facade in 1988    
  • North east corner seen from Highgate cemetery    
  • Dining area and kitchen on the ground floor    
  • Dressing room at the north-west corner of the first floor    
  • Second floor living room    
  • Site plan    
  • First and second floor plans    
  • Cross section    
  • Elevation    
  • Cut-away isometric showing cladding and structure    
  • Detailed section through external wall    

Steel frame and Cor-ten clad house for the architect and his family designed to maximise the views over London

Making the most of a tight site the house is designed around a rectangular grid plan with modules of 2.5m (8ft) by 3.6m (12ft) by 6m (20ft).

Split over three-storeys the top floor is an open-plan living-space and study accessed from a central stair and fireplace. The first floor contains bedrooms and bathroom and the ground floor an open-plan family kitchen, dining and playroom.

The construction is steel framed with the cladding being the first domestic use of Cor-Ten in the United Kingdom. External walls are entirely glazed, in double-glazed units with narrow full-height pivoting openings on the upper floors, and sliding units on the ground floor. The floor slabs are concrete containing under-floor heating, and the internal partitions are of concrete block.


  • Begun: 1967
  • Completed: 1969
  • Floor area: 204m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £12,421
  • Funding: Private
  • Procurement: No general contract
  • Address: 81 Swain's Lane, Camden, London, N6 6DT, United Kingdom

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