Dream rental: Howell & Amis Modernist house overlooking Hampstead Heath
- Credit: Archant
Inspired by Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation in Marseilles, young architects Bill Howell and Stan Amis built the row of six houses in 1956 to replace the terrace of four bomb damaged Victorian dwellings that occupied the site.
The houses were built for the two architects and their families, as well as a group of friends.
The original owners shared many aspects of life on the terrace, from gardening to nannies and the house still has access to the communal orchard, as well as a private garden and three balconies.
There is also abundant natural light in the property as each floor has full width floor-to-ceiling glass windows to the rear facing the Heath.
Although space was tight since the architects were squeezing six buildings onto a site where there had previously been four, no traditional internal features such as cornices or skirting boards were included, opening up the rooms.
Each building comprises 1986 sq ft of living space and has a flexible layout able to accommodate two/three double bedrooms and three/four reception rooms according to preference.
The house is being let unfurnished, so tenants can choose how to configure the living space.
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Helen Hitchcock, head of lettings at Marler & Marler said: “ It’s an unusual house in a really pretty position just by the Heath.
“You either love it or you hate it. If you’re interested in architecture, you’d recognise the names of the architects.”
Howell and Amis went on to found Howell Killick Patridge & Amis, who designed many notable twentieth century buildings, including the Young Vic, Alton West housing estate, and several Oxford and Cambridge university buildings.