The developer engaged architects Groves Natcheva to design a building with 2 interlocking volumes, which should be visible in both plan and section. With the planning consent granted in October 2005, the scheme slowly came to life with a triple height void created as a result of the Solidspace DNA.
The visual continuity to the upper levels of the house and the sky balanced the long views from the living area to the dining area. The development was dug down by half a floor level to meet the prescribed light angle from the windows to the rear of the neighbouring 77 Brondesbury Road.
The scheme won the International Property Awards 2011 Best London Single Development and was shortlisted for the RIBA London Awards 2010 and the Premier Guarantee Environmental House of the Year Awards 2010.
Groves Natcheva Architects was started in 2000 when Murray Groves and Adriana Natcheva decided to form an alliance.
They believe that architecture needs to contain the essence of life that it encloses as it is no more than life simplified to an abstract concept, and the solutions are local and should be customised to specifics of the client.
The identity of the client, instead of the team, should be embodied into the building or else, the home simply becomes a house and nothing more.
1. Best London Single Development at the International Property Awards 2011
2. Shortlisted for the RIBA London Awards 2010
3. Shortlisted for the Premier Guarantee Environmental House of the Year Awards 2011