Eidolon House

Dominic McKenzie Architects, London, 2013


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Eidolon House - Front facade 

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  • Eidolon House - Front facade    
  • Front Facade - night with view down Swains Lane    
  • Front Facade - detail    
  • View through Front door to rear window     
  • Ground floor entrance hall - view of staircase    
  • Ground floor bedroom with secret door to en-suite     
  • Ground floor bedroom with view to Highgate Cemetery    
  • First floor - Master bathroom    
  • Second Floor - Living Room with Waterlow Park beyond    
  • Second floor Living Room with view of setting sun over Highgate Cemetery    
  • Second floor - night shot of fireplace, stair & table    
  • Site Context    
  • Ground Floor Plan    
  • First Floor plan    
  • Second Floor plan    
  • Section    
  • Eidolon House - Exploded Axonometric    
  • Front Elevation    
  • Front facade detail    
  • Front facade detail    

Eidolon House is a significant addition to an architecturally notable street

Despite being located adjacent to Highgate Cemetery and in a Conservation Area, Swains Lane has a tradition of innovative contemporary architecture. No. 85 (next door) by Eldridge Smerin won an RIBA award in 2009 and John Winter’s 1969 Corten house at No. 81 is one of the few Modern houses to be Grade II* listed.

Eidolon House builds on the tradition of glass and steel Modernist housing started by Winter. Here in contrast to Winter’s use of rusted Corten, the renovated house is clad in mirror polished stainless steel reflecting the trees opposite – highlighting the changing of the seasons. Inside the house further celebrates its fantastic setting with large windows and an open-plan top floor overlooking the overgrown cemetery beyond.

The project name refers to the reflective cladding and cemetery context – Eidolon means phantom, apparition, double image and idealised.


  • Begun: May 2013
  • Completed: Nov 2013
  • Floor area: 150m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £225,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Mar 2013
  • Procurement: Minorworks
  • Address: 87 Swains Lane, London, N6 5PJ, United Kingdom

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