SLIP HOUSE, LYHAM ROAD, LONDON
Situated on a quiet, tree-lined residential street that borders Brixton and Clapham in London, Slip House is surely one of the most exciting properties to come on the market so far this year. After all, as architectural pedigrees go, this house offers some top-notch credentials. Designed by the renowned architect Carl Turner as his own home, Slip House was awarded the prestigious RIBA Manser Medal in 2013 – which is presented to the best house in the UK. The building was described by the judges as an “exemplary low-energy home… (with) refined quality of spaces”, while Grand Design’s Kevin McCloud has referred to the house as an “urban sanctuary”. Houses of this architectural calibre are rare finds on the market.
Slip House occupies one of four plots on this Brixton terrace and neighbours include another celebrated eco house (which was sold in 2012 by The Modern House, who are also marketing this property), a second house designed by Carl Turner that is currently under construction, and a further eco house that has recently been granted planning permission/
BRADBOURNE STREET, LONDON
I’ve written quite a bit here on The Property Files about my love for old-meets-new. For me, that combination of a period building with contemporary architecture or interior design creates exciting contrasts. I relish that moment of surprise where an old façade or shell of a building leads into a new interior, or reveals a crisp addition.
And there have been many properties featured here that fit the bill, from a converted church in Ross-shire designed by Dualchas Architects to - one of my favourite houses featured on The Property Files so far - this chapel conversion and extension in Wiltshire that was designed by Jonathan Tuckey.
Which brings me to this property on Bradbourne Street in Fulham in London. From the front (you’ll find more photos on this property’s listing with The Modern House) this is a traditional and handsome-looking red brick townhouse. Yes, it looks substantial, but I doubt that many first-time visitors would be expecting to discover such an extensive home that stretches over four floors - lower ground, ground, first and second - with just under 3,700 sq/ft of living space.