Architect Visit: The Strange House in London by

Issue 21 · Modest Modern · May 30, 2014

Architect Visit: The Strange House in London

Issue 21 · Modest Modern · May 30, 2014

Getting a toehold in London isn't easy, particularly for an architect looking to design his own family home. Hugh Strange presented himself with the challenge of building on a small, oddly scaled pub yard in Deptford. His results have been described as "practical, cost-effective, and exuding humanity and warmth."

Photographs via Hugh Strange Architects.

Strange House in London by Hugh Strange Architects | Remodelista

Above: Hugh Strange preserved the weathered brick perimeter wall that once enclosed a pub. It took him several years to secure permits to build on what had been a neglected urban lot.

Strange House in London by Hugh Strange Architects | Remodelista

Above: The brick enclosure screens out the street and creates a private wraparound terrace on two sides of the house. Vertical panels of spruce frame the windows and doors. The building's framework was prefabricated in a Swiss factory and driven to the site, enabling the building's skeleton to be erected in a week on a concrete raft foundation that didn't require excavation. In 2011, it won an AIA prize as Best Small Project.

Strange House in London by Hugh Strange Architects | Remodelista

Above: The 807-square-foot interior is long and narrow with high ceilings and a bank of south-facing windows that make the open setup feel much larger than it is. The walls and ceilings are paneled in a pale wood treated with a Scandinavian wash. (If you like the look, see our posts: Scandi Whitewashed Floors: Before and After and World's Most Beautiful Wood Floors. Also consult the Remodelista book.)

Strange House in London by Hugh Strange Architects | Remodelista

Above:  Living, cooking, and eating all take place in one central space. 

Strange House London | Remodelista

Above: Sliding doors open onto the courtyard.

Strange House in London by Hugh Strange Architects | Remodelista

Above: In a corner off the kitchen, a single high window frames a view of a church. The floors are polished concrete with radiant heating, an energy-efficient choice. See Remodeling 101: Five Things to Know About Radiant Floor Heating.

Strange House in London by Hugh Strange Architects | Remodelista

Above: The house was completed in 2011 and an office addition, shown here, was recently finished. It's made of fiber concrete panels with galvanized steel trim.

Strange House in London by Hugh Strange Architects | Remodelista

Above: A cobblestone courtyard connects house and office.

Strange House in London by Hugh Strange Architects | Remodelista

Above: The new quarters of Hugh Strange Architects. Like the house, the office makes inventive use of a long, narrow space. 

Strange House in London by Hugh Strange Architects | Remodelista

Above: Built-in bookcases are a signature in the office and house.

Strange House in London by Hugh Strange Architects | Remodelista

Above: The office puts white brick to use inside and out.

Looking for an architect? Go to the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory for our recommendations. And for inspiration, have a look at our Architect Visit posts and Gallery of Rooms and Spaces.



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