Hampstead Garden Suburb is one of the most important urban developments of the early twentieth century, and it had a profound influence both in this country and in France, Germany, and the United States. In 1951 in The Buildings of England Sir Nikolaus Pevsner described Hampstead Garden Suburb as ‘‘The aesthetically most satisfactory and socially successful of all twentieth century garden suburbs.’’
In the early days of planning the suburb, Sir Edwin Lutyens was involved in the design of the central square with its two churches and Institute building. All three are masterpieces of the of the Arts and Crafts period and merge the classical characteristics of Lutyens’ own reinterpretation of the Queen Anne style with the prevalent Arts and Crafts tendency of the period.
HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB HOUSE
The opportunity to build a new family home in this prestigious environment is a rare one. It was also an opportunity to prove that we can still build houses as well today as in the days when Arts and Crafts was a way of building, not just a style.
Bricks were made to our own unique dimensions using the ancient Babylonian technique – requiring no energy other than the clinker spread through the brick that simply cooked in a field. This is probably the most energy efficient modern house in London; the combination of good thermal mass in the construction, deep-ground bore holes across the whole site, solar panels, heat-exchange units and chilled ceilings, makes this a remarkable and energy efficient house.