Modernist Architecture: London

Modernist Architecture: London

Imagine you get planning permission to replace the ugly and run-down 20th century house you’ve bought and the only requirements are it should be the same size. What would you design? Well, if you’re an artist, you’d go to Guard Tillman Pollock, give them free reign and hope the design would accommodate your life needs and suit the surroundings too.


The designers, the artist owner and our favourite Architecture magazine, ‘Dezeen’ think that this white-cubed home, with a painted fabric screen concealing the windows and a balcony of the street-facing property, located at the end of a row of Victorian homes is perfect. Well, it’s certainly perfectly white.

The property is in Hampstead and the original was said to be in a state of disrepair. Planning regulations stipulated that the new house should maintain the size of its predecessor but didn’t necessarily have to look like it. So Guard Tillman Pollock went all out, proposed a ‘minimal’ boxy form in white in the briefest of nods to the heritage of 1930s Modernist properties in the area like this:


The Sun House, Hampstead Heath, (credit:

Architect and co-founder of GTP told Dezeeen, “the screen establishes the floating box aesthetic which is a reference to the 1930’s Modernist buildings in Hampstead. There is no reference to the adjoining Victorian buildings other than to acknowledge the verticality of the Victorian terrace with the vertical glass corner window and the vertical louvered element that connects the new house to the adjoining terrace.”

The interiors are spacious enough for the artist’s painting and to make his collection of mid-century furniture and art look good.  Apparently the layout is based on traditional Victorian studio houses with double-height spaces naturally lit by large window and skylights throughout the home.

Wonder what the neighbours think?

photo credit: Dezeen

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