Set within the Highgate Conservation Area, an area characterised by a distinct Arts & Crafts and ‘Quennell’ vernacular, Kenwood Lee House is conceived as a contemporary interpretation of a double fronted suburban villa. The front elevation references the traditional brick language of the street, whilst the rear is uncompromisingly contemporary and affords unencumbered glazed views towards the woodlands at the rear. Internal spaces are anchored around a board-marked concrete core which forms the top-lit triple height heart to the house. The design plays on scale and form, providing a composed sense of calm throughout. The choice and colour of brick and flush pointing in the same tone were deliberately used to homogenise the elevation to accentuate the horizontal render banding, allowing the asymmetric windows treatment to ‘slip’ past each other, providing for a more contemporary design.
Location: London, Great Britain
Architect/Designer: Cousins & Cousins
Brickwork Contractor: New Wave London
Brick: Wienerberger Ltd - Bemmel Blue Stock
This year the Individual Housing Development category is sponsored by Northcot Brick.
Northcot Brick is the home of master brickmakers. With a wealth of experience, stretching back nearly a century, Northcot combines traditional bench mould techniques with innovation and service to manufacture a huge range of handmade, wirecut, reclaim and special blends.
Known for its specialist brick-matching and bespoking skills, Northcot is committed to producing high quality, characterful brickwork that offers architects wider possibilities in creative design.
Twice winner of the BDA ‘Supreme Award’ for the Newport Street Gallery, and Manchester’s Whitworth, Northcot is the major brick supplier to Battersea Power Station.