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The Provost Road House by Eldridge Smerin

By Eric Meunier


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Architects Nick Eldridge and Piers Smerin launched Eldridge Smerin in 1998.

In 2008, they completed the Provost Road, a house located in Belsize Park, London.

The project won a Royal Institute of British Architects Award in 2009.

The Provost Road House by Eldridge Smerin:

“Eldridge Smerin’s projects for Selfridges and Villa Moda possibly led to the design of this house for a director of a fashion company and on to the design of its London headquarters. When architects failed to obtain a consent for a new building on this leafy triangular site, the former nursery garden to the estate, Eldridge Smerin was asked to suggest a new design approach to secure a consent for a family house creatively extending the existing proto Arts and Craft house.

The exterior of this house appears to have been faithfully restored but in fact has been cleverly remodelled to create a generous double height entrance space leading to bedrooms and bathrooms for the family and guests. The extension forms a protected courtyard and follows the dynamic triangular geometry of the site to create glazed kitchen, dining, living with study space perched like a tree-house at the upper level overlooking a green roof.

The new roof structure is supported on four internal columns only with long cantilevers only possible by the fabrication of the roof as a stressed skin with steel plates welded to the top and the bottom of the structural beams. The outside wall is an uninterrupted ribbon of full height glass.”

Photos courtesy of 1st-option

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About Eric Meunier

Currently the Owner and Chief Executive of HODYO Design, Eric Meunier's expertise in the design industry spreads over 20 years. He was the driving force behind HomeDSGN's early success, founding this website in 2011. Today, he loves to channel his passion for design into remodeling houses and transforming interior spaces with his keen eye for detail and architectural finesse. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

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