This evening event gave an exclusive opportunity to tour Tin House, Henning Stummel's recently completed RIBA Award winning home in West London.
The site in suburban London is set away from the street, with all the surrounding properties overlooking it, therefore ensuring privacy was most critical. The response was to work with a low and inward looking courtyard arrangement. This offers the greatest privacy, both visually and acoustically.
The design is a composition of different, mainly single storey pavilions allowing a response to the different conditions around the perimeter and create an ensemble that looks onto a secluded and serene courtyard. Each pavilion accommodates a room and has a roof that slopes on all four sides with a top light over the middle. This shape reduces the contour, whilst maximizing the volume. The top light offers fantastic natural light.
Secondary spaces such as toilets and stairs are hidden within the capacious double walls of the links between pavilions, so that the final design reads as an enfilade of generous top lit spaces. The pavilions are gently moulded to make efficient use of the site. All the pavilions are finished in a standing seam metal cladding, a modest utilitarian finish that highlights the sculptural quality of the design.
Each tour duration 1 hour. Limited places, cost £35.50 with complimentary prosecco and nibbles. Address: 2 Smugglers Yard, Devonport Road W12 8HU.
Find out more about Henning Stummel Architects here
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