Award-winning contemporary family home in North London.

2016 BUILD News – Best North London Contemporary House
2016 Sunday Times House of the Year – Finalist and Commendation
2016 Manser Medal – Longlisted

Drag & Drop House is a new-build contemporary family home in North London providing 700 square metres of accommodation.

The project responds to a sloping site with a two-storey elevation to the rear and a stepped three-storey elevation to the front. The rear of the house embeds itself into the landscape and a series of gabion walls provide a transition from the landscape into the main living spaces. A lower ground floor level is created by cutting into the sloping ground with a new retaining wall to the rear of the site.

The structure comprises a concrete basement box supporting a two-storey steel frame that’s clad in timber. The scheme includes unobstructed internal open spaces and wide frameless glass sliding door entrances, revealing an open corner facing the rear garden. We were challenged to engineer the structural steelwork to achieve the cantilevers and transfers around the perimeter. The house also features bespoke staircases with glass balustrades and cranked stringer supports.

The project was delivered within a tight programme. We produced construction information for the steelwork package, an alternative to a concrete solution, within a period of one month.

London, UK

London Bespoke

Ashton Porter Architects