Site with planning approval for sale in North London. (Please note, the quoted price represents land value only, build costs are not included)
“It’s like nothing else in Gospel Oak”, is the first comment from Peter Morris, the owner and pioneering architect behind this outstanding pair of houses in North London who, along with his wife Emily, has made a long-term ambition a reality: this will be a stunning visual statement inside and out that will attract huge attention from design-minded buyers looking for something very special indeed.
In fact, we’d go so far as to say there’s nothing else remotely like it in anywhere in London. If Antoni Gaudi was developing houses today, we think this might have been his signature style.
The Cloud House represents a unique opportunity to a potential buyer to invest in a new development of just two fabulously alternative family homes, retain one for themselves, AND have the whole project managed by the architect who’s spent the last five years working tirelessly to get permission for his radical scheme.
These houses will be beautiful inside and out – with a colourful maximalist aesthetic that draws on many influences, including the Japanese idea of kawaii, or cuteness. The immediate area is already one of architectural innovation – and this site’s distinctive design will no doubt be considered a key part of the local architectural landscape for the next few hundred years.
Inside, the design is a celebration of vibrant colours and patterns – with pale pink, Miami green and neon yellow used alongside black and white terrazzo, and bold spotty floor tiles – whilst natural light dances through those epic, oversized arched windows, made with very high-quality solar glass.
The finished house will consist of three floors, all with high ceilings, with a fantastic roof terrace on top: for reference the yellow coloured floor plan indicates the plot/house to be sold. The house will be very environmentally friendly, with eco measures including: grey water recycling, underfloor heating powered by an air source heat pump, and near Passivhaus levels of airtightness and insulation.
As you’d expect, with such an alternative home comes a delightfully alternative layout – it’s an upside-down house, with a stunningly light and bright social space on the top floor, with a 4 square metre electronic rooflight opening up to the roof terrace above. At ground level – in addition to the hallway, downstairs loo and utility space – there are two large double bedrooms, each with their own en-suite bathrooms. The back bedroom has direct access to a small back garden, with herringbone paving. On the first floor, there’s a double bedroom at the back, again with its own en-suite – plus a very large master bedroom with an impressive walk-through dressing room area (complete with laundry chute down to the utility area below) and a hotel-style bathroom, with double basins, a separate shower and a stunning freestanding bath, all by Lusso Stone. The elegant pale turquoise staircase then takes you up to the open-plan social space on the top floor, and its magnificent bespoke pale pink kitchen, with integrated appliances by Neff, Liebherr and Hisense, complemented by handmade Altrock terrazzo worktops and spotty encaustic cement tiles. There’s a dining area, and a snug for reading – plus, at the back, a lovely sitting room with a stylish hemispherical Vauni fire. At the front of the building at this level is a South-facing roof terrace, perfect for a sunny breakfast or a drink in the evening. And then, to top it all off, the main roof terrace on top of the building, accessed via the large sliding rooflight. Surrounded by pink arched walls, like a building in Morocco, this completely private terrace truly is a ‘room without a roof’, with space for dining, relaxing in the sunshine and – yes – bathing. The design includes a freestanding teak bath by William Garvey, which can be used to cool off on a hot day, or as a hot tub on a cool day. To have not one South-facing roof terrace, but two, in a location like this in London, so close to Hampstead Heath, is a rare joy indeed.
The houses sit in a particularly quiet backwater of Gospel Oak facing the pretty, grade 1 listed St Martin’s Church. Hampstead Village, Primrose Hill, Belsize Park and Coal Drops Yard are all within easy walking distance – and there are plenty of high-end food shops nearby, in Swains Lane, South End Green and Kentish Town. Parliament Hill Farmers’ Market is a short stroll away at weekends – and there are independent Everyman cinemas in both Belsize Park and Hampstead. Swimmers are in the perfect spot – if you like to swim outside, Parliament Hill Lido plus the three very special bathing ponds on the Heath are close; if you prefer something warmer, there are three indoor pools at the bottom of Grafton Road. For a bite to eat nearby, there’s the Bull & Last on Highgate Road, one of London’s best gastropubs, and Mother canteen – a wonderful arty café serving food from around the world at the London School of Mosaic on Mansfield Road. The nearest pub is the Gipsy Queen on Malden Road, an independently-run traditional Victorian pub, specialising in craft beers.
For public transport, the closest station is Gospel Oak on the Overground but Chalk Farm, Kentish Town and Belsize Park tube stations are all nearby too. Please note that it is a planning condition that this house is car-free.
Once built, UPC’s estimate for the value of the completed house is £2.25m.
For a better idea of the likely costs and time frames for Cloud House, please speak to either Simon Stone or Danny Brewer at Unique Property Company.
Cloud House | London | NW5