The Nook

Henning Stummel Architects, London, 2014


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  • Front Elevation    
  • Entrance View    
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  • Front and Side Elevations    
  • Living Area    
  • Living Area looking outside    
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  • Bedroom    
  • Kitchen    
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  • First Floor Plan    
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A 2 bedroom 'upside down' new build house in West London

This town house addresses two issues, the challenge of building a modest, affordable home on a small plot and the question of developing a contemporary London vernacular.

This is a single aspect house overlooking a Victorian street. Our point of departure was to develop a new brick house – polite, free of ornament and of our time.

This is an upside down house. The living room takes up the entire first floor, so that this is a spacious and bright room. The two bedrooms and bathrooms are at ground level, and form a plinth for the 'Piano Nobile' above. The windows reflect the hierarchy of spaces. The smaller cellular rooms at ground level where the loads are greatest have smaller windows than the capacious reception room above.

The house is a super-insulated timber frame construction.


  • Begun: May 2013
  • Completed: Sep 2014
  • Floor area: 80m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £249,310
  • Tender date: Jan 2013
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works
  • CO2 Emissions: 40,7kg/m2/year
  • Address: The Nook, 101b St. Stephen's Avenue, London, W12 8JA, United Kingdom

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