House in a Walled Garden London 2009–

The house is situated in a London suburb, close to the historic heart of the village, in a cluster of buildings around the church of St.Mary’s Barnes. The design fuses two traditions: a Scandinavian Modern low-lying architecture of monopitch roofs with that of the courtyard house. Inside, the schism is literally manifest by a split-level plan. The variety of hardscapes and landscapes created outside the house all enrich the internal spaces of the house.

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    The living room reveals a view of the rear sunken courtyard
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    The site is a walled garden. From the south the house appears to be just a single storey
  • Front of the house
    Garden elevation in context
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    Courtyard house and terrace
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    Kitchen garden elevation
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    The variety of spaces created outside the house, the flower and kitchen gardens, lawns, an orchard and various patios, all enrich the internal spaces of the house
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    Living room, revealing a long narrow flight rising to the bedrooms.
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    The various changes in level allow glimpses between spaces and beyond into the gardens. Also, the split levels give the impression of a shallower plan form, in part because a linear rooflight allows light to penetrate deep into the spaces at the step in the section.
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    The hall, along with the kitchen, dining room and library, form an enfilade of rooms at the same level as the front garden. Also, from the hall, in front of the library, steps lead down to a small sunken living room under a cat slide roof.
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    A linear rooflight allows light to penetrate deep into the spaces at the step in the section
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    The house is constructed in lime mortar brickwork laid in flush pointed monk’s bond like the brickwork of the medieval church nearby
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  • Appointment: 2009
  • Construction start: 2012
  • Area: 560m2
  • Form of contract: Design & Build
  • Client: Private
  • Architect: Henley Halebrown
  • Contractor: Link to Build
  • Services Engineer: AJ Energy
  • Structural Engineer: Rodrigues Associates
  • Quantity Surveyor: Emmaus
  • Landscape Architect: Mike Benyon Garden Design
  • Planning Consultant: DWD


  • ‘First Person’, in: Brick Bulletin, Summer 13 (2013), pp.4–5
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