Built by renowned architect Tom Kay for one of London's leading commercial photographers, Christopher Bailey, and his opera singer wife, Angela Hickey, the brief was to create a home that was private, spatially dynamic and acoustically sound - on a plot that was only 14 feet by 60 feet.
The result is a four-storey building, designed around a distinctive cylindrical stair turret with a single glass dome roof, to make the most of valuable living space.
Kay considered every inch of the 1,806 sq ft home, allowing for a living room that is nearly 30 ft long and a roof terrace positioned to make the most of the sun. The rooms are even linked by a concealed hoist, so that food can be transported from kitchen to studio.
Initially, the local authority demanded stucco-facing or London stock bricks rubbed with ‘soot’ for this project, but the Staffordshire Blue engineering bricks with recessed black mortar joints create an exterior that's bold and unique - a product true to its age, as its neighbours are to theirs.
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