Camlet Way 1, Hadley Wood, Enfield
A new-build replacement of an obsolete 1930’s house in Camlet Way, the premier street in Hadley Wood. The original charm of Camlet Way was that each house reflected a different romantic idyll of places near and far. The current un-inspiring developer style is diminishing this robust idiosyncrasy. Inspired by Cotswold stone manor houses of “Cider with Rosie” country and the simple white rendered forms of the New England compounds of Hugh Newell Jacobsen, the pre-eminent American residential architect, we sought to re-invigorate the romance.
Our design seeks to combine the desire for a pitched roofed and columned silhouette that symbolises “home”, with the growing trend for more contemporary features, particularly larger areas of glass to give more light and closer contact with the garden and views. The pillared two-storey bays and double height entrance façade create a grand impression down a discrete private driveway approach, passing through four small landscaped “external rooms”, each containing a gigantic antique cast iron urn. The basement leisure suite provides a luxurious pool, jaccuzzi, bar, sauna, steam room and gym, opening out onto a landscaped lightwell.
The house is fully elevated above a further, but hidden, new dwelling (Camlet Way 2), a “no holds barred” contemporary back garden development completed by us and built partially underground to enable both houses to see the spectacular views over open Crown Estate countryside to the north.
Project complete 2018