Leaf House

James Gorst Architects, London, 2008


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Looking into the stacked rear elevation from the back garden 

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  • Looking into the stacked rear elevation from the back garden    
  • Street-facing elevation    
  • Playroom    
  • Library/study in the basement    
  • View from the kitchen    
  • Family room    
  • Garden room    
  • Ground floor circulation    
  • Stair with steel and walnut balustrade    
  • Bedroom    
  • Third floor study    
  • Basement and ground floor plans    
  • First, second and third floor plans    
  • Section A    
  • Section B    
  • Street and rear elevations    
  • Side elevation    
  • Side elevation    

Modern interpretation of a Georgian townhouse, accommodating living space for a family as well as two workspaces

This five-storey home in north-west London has two studies; one within the roof pavilion on the third floor and another in the basement beneath a large glass light that is flush with the pavement to the front of the house. There are also five bedrooms, three bathrooms, generous amounts of living space and a garden terrace.

The house is predominantly constructed from in-situ reinforced concrete clad in Portland stone. The top floor is a steel frame wrapped in glazing onto which a leaf pattern has been screen-printed, giving the house its name. The front elevation features a two-story stainless steel element that projects from the main facade.

LED lighting details the leading edges of the bookcases, the walnut and steel balustrade is made into a feature, and doors can fold back into recessed pockets within walls.


  • Completed: Dec 2008
  • Floor area: 575m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £2.7M
  • Funding: Private
  • Procurement: JCT IFC05, negotiated
  • CO2 Emissions: 17.5kg/m2/year
  • Address: London, United Kingdom

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