It’s not easy to have a tranquil home surrounded by nature in the midst of a sprawling city. Incredibly, this home in the Fitzroy Park, London, United Kingdom, was able provide a retreat for its owners, with a cave-like relationship to the outside world.
Designed by Stanton Williams Architecture, the Fitzroy Park House was built on a picturesque but sloping site. This posed only a slight challenge for the designers, as it led to the creation of additional spaces within a lower garden level.
Inserted within the lush greenery is a modern, boxy house composed of glass, limestone, and wood. That latter adds an eye-catching layer of texture and color to the exterior, while providing much-needed privacy along the upper level bedrooms.
While many of the home’s surfaces are rather cold, it also mixes in more natural elements to again blend-in with its setting. Cedar fencing, oiled Iroko balconies, and Accoya timber provide a warm contrast to the exterior.
Like a medieval castle, there’s a bridge that allows access to the home. Once over the bridge, visitors enter the heart of the home and are exposed to the amazing garden views, framed perfectly by floor-to-ceiling windows. Some of the windows feature sliding doors, exposing the lower level living room to the tranquillity of the outdoor space.
Throughout the home, large windows, strategically placed skylights, and light-colored materials, lend an airiness that makes the Fitzroy Park House truly seem like an oasis in a bustling metropolis.