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Tree View House, London, United Kingdom by Neil Dusheiko Architects

Project name:
Tree View House
Architecture firm:
Neil Dusheiko Architects
London, United Kingdom
Edmund Sumner
Principal architect:
Neil Dusheiko
Design team:
Neil Dusheiko
Interior design:
Neil Dusheiko
Built area:
185 m²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Environmental & MEP:
Jane Brockbank
Jatinder Marwaha
Neil Dusheiko
Tools used:
Vectorworks, SketchUp
Sygnet Style
Brick, Timber, Steel, Glass
Residential › Single Family Residence

Tree View House was formerly a fairly plain bungalow at the end of a cul-de-sac, however, following a series of thoughtful interventions Neil Dusheiko Architects have imbued the home with references to Delhi and California where the family have previously lived. The additional space helps the home to flexibly respond to the family’s changing needs – while also allowing the most social spaces to merge seamlessly with the rich landscape.

The home is conceived as a yoga mat, a grounding space that provides a sense of relief from the unpredictability of the outside world. The design moves are intended to focus the occupants’ attention on the natural world: the rhythms of the sun, the change of seasons and the textures of natural materials. The home is surrounded by greenery and extended views toward parkland that links into King George’s Fields nearby. A path meanders through a landscaped front garden and from the front door there is a clear view through to the verdant rear garden. The home is subdivided into three-bays to help organize the spaces and create a balance between spaces for rest and activity.

On the ground floor the plan has also been manipulated to smooth the transition in levels from the street to the garden. The entry is at the highest point, flanked by an office and formal sitting room, a short flight of stairs leads to a living area and garden rooms. The hallway is key to the transition between levels, but it is also conceived as a ”ma” space, a threshold separating the kitchen from the more relaxed spaces of the dining room and the snug. The terracotta floor differentiates the space from the black, poured concrete floors in the kitchen and other areas and the walls are clad in Lebanese cedar, chosen for its golden hue.

Other materials on the ground floor also have strong materiality, with black coloured poured concrete floor, polished lava stone worktops and brick pamment cladding. The ground floor has been designed to welcome in as much light as possible. The façade facing the garden is completely glazed at ground level allowing a sweeping vista out to the garden and for the garden to flow into the living spaces. An original curved bay window in the formal sitting room on the north side of the house has been retained and smaller spaces have been given new openings with a square bay window above a study space and the snug is capped by a large opening skylight. There is a similar opening externally allowing dappled light from the park side trees to enter the house. 

The wild quality of the field of Hawthorn trees beyond the rear garden inspired the collaboration between Neil Dusheiko Architects and landscape designer, Jane Brockbank. The garden is a natural valley that collects runoff from adjacent fields – this wetland condition has been realised as an opportunity to incorporate a planted swale and lush damp loving shrubs and perennials. Timber boardwalks traverse the ground making the entire garden accessible.  To create a harmony between indoor and outdoor spaces a large planter bridges between the two, containing certain plants suited to both scenarios. Additionally, materials are also threaded between the two zones, such as polished concrete flooring and hardwood cladding.

On the first floor, the master bedroom is lined with Brazilian Walnut and includes a secret bathroom entered through a cupboard. There are also two other bedrooms and study spaces for the children. There is also a bathroom with glazing just above shoulder height to allow light in from both sides of the house. A fully glazed oriel window projects out the side of the house, in the middle of the tree canopy forming a peaceful seat to read outside among the branches. The uppermost floor has a relaxing atmosphere that caters to mind and body with a meditation shrine, gym and library carved into the roof and making full use of all the available spaces. The floor is made of bamboo and tatami mats, continuing the theme of natural materials and heightening the sense of informality.

By Alfredo Gonzalez

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