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Orchard House

Our clients required a contemporary house that would suit their busy lives, while providing a great home for their family.

Whilst the ground floor plan largely remained as per previous house, the architectural language was simplified with a long rectangular first floor volume, spanning across the ground floor H-shaped plan. The central part of the “H” comprises a large double-height entrance, emphasised by a two-storey chimney, a sweeping helical staircase, and a living area commanding the central space of the house.


One of the legs of the “H” contains kitchen, dining and home office, while the other is service-orientated with garage, nanny’s room, plant, cinema and a spa area with pool, steam room and hot tub.

The first floor volume sits over the H-shape and contains four en-suite bedrooms to one side of the double height gallery. To the other side is a generous master bedroom with a spacious en-suite and dressing room. The bedroom enjoys a private balcony overlooking the garden.

The first floor volume is expressed as a lighter form utilising white render and contrasts with the solidity of the lower brick volume creating a clear architectural diagram.  The “H” creates an entrance courtyard to the road, where openings and windows are carefully considered to provide privacy while creating a welcoming entrance. Full height glazing surrounding the open plan kitchen, dining and living spaces opens up to a private courtyard and allows the house to feel transparent and connected with the landscaped garden.

  • Ström Architects team −  James Chapman,   Magnus Ström,   Hugh Richardson
  • Location − London, UK
  • Structural Engineer − Jensen Hunt
  • MEP Engineer − Clarke Services Group
  • Cost Consultant − MPG Shreeves
  • Photographs − Richard Chivers
  • Visualisation − NuMa
  • Contractor − Griggs Homes
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