into a void within the centre of a residential block, this unusual
house is enclosed on all sides by 7m-high party walls. The works
required 26 separate party wall agreements, 60 party wall notices
and 8 party wall surveyors.
As the house could not rely on party walls, the majority of the
load is carried on a central pile cap from which a central concrete
structure rises to form the principal walls of the interior,
stairs and ceiling of the first floor. The structure, walls and
finishes are of exposed concrete.
This is awarded to the best architect designed house in the UK.
Speaking at the awards dinner, Michael Manser said: ...What
was formerly an inaccessible, valueless hole in the ground now
has considerable real estate value and is an iconic, comfortable
and elegant architectural pad in a classy part of London. It
takes your breath away and now it is done, seems so simple and
London & English Heritage Award for a building in an HistoricContext