A stunning piece of architecture, the Greenways modern house in Coombe Park, London KT2 is now looking for a new owner.
As the title says, you will find it in Coombe Park, which is a private gated estate at the end of Richmond Park in south-west London, around 10 miles from the centre of London (if that’s a key detail for you). Basically, a sought-after location.
But a location isn’t the key selling point here. It’s the bold modern architecture. In fact, this one is described by the agent as ‘one of the finest and most original houses to have been built in London in the past decade’. Quite a statement.
The design you see here was the work of RIBA-award winning architect Nick Eldridge of Eldridge London. In 2017 it was the recipient of the RIBA Manser Award, considered the UK’s most prestigious architectural prize for one-off house design.
And it’s like nothing else I have seen before. Which is a good thing, by the way. Only the upper level of the house is visible – an anodised-aluminium clad rotunda on top of a single concrete column.
It is almost ‘space-age’ to look at. A house of the future with those curves, glass and the aluminium cladding. Which is impressive of course, but all too often the interiors of these forward-thinking designs tend to let things down by their more traditional approach. Not so here.
The bold approach of the exterior continues within, with much of the interior working with the curves and continuing with that futuristic approach. Although fans of brutalism and 1970s design might appreciate some of the touches inside.
Oak stairs take you to the upper (as well as lower) storey, which you will find inside a cast-concrete drum, lit by a circular roof light overhead. As I said, very little tradition here.
On the upper level, which is apparently elevated to ‘meet the canopy level of an ancient oak tree within the garden’, you will find the master bedroom along with its bathroom, mirrored dressing room and nursery space.
Stairs with oak treads and brass rod support take you back to what is called the ‘principal level’. And for good reason. An impressive open area with walls of glass and just enough of the right design touches. Nothing has been overdone here and the house is all the better for it.
That is laid out with an open-plan kitchen, a living room and a dining room, all benefiting from the curved-glass walls and the views beyond. The sunken living room is a dream and one of those touches that hark back to the 1970s ‘conversation pit’, arranged around a custom chimneypiece with brass surround and wall of marble.
Note also the oak flooring with brass edging, the brass details in the ceiling and the curved/polished concrete walls. Personally, I love a concrete wall and it works so well in this particular design.
The kitchen is pretty much a row of oak cabinetry and an island of marble and stainless steel and beyond the kitchen is a study as well as a wine store.
Two large bedrooms are also on this level, one with glazing opening on to a ‘small copse of silver birch’ outside and both with their own bathrooms.
That’s not quite all in terms of the space as you also get your own cinema room with bespoke, built-in seating and at the front of the house, described as an ‘enormous arching space’ is what’s currently used as a gym and playroom, lit by a ‘massive eye-shaped roof light’. Finally, this area accesses a hidden utility room and several concealed storage spaces. So no excuse for a mess.
Outside there is a garden, one that is surrounded by a concrete wall that is ‘softened by tall fastigiated hornbeams which envelop the site in a green curtain of foliage’. The centrepiece here is a towering oak tree, which was apparently the source of inspiration for the plan’s design. But also catching the eye is a natural swimming pond that is geometrically tied to the plan of the house and like the rest of the landscape, overseen by Eldridge London.
A stunner, but not cheap at £5,950,000.
Images and details courtesy of The Modern House. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.