A totally one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly Disney-style home in the north London is for sale but has not yet been built.
The cloud house – actually a pair of adjoining pastel pink and blue-green houses inspired by Miami Art Deco – was designed by architect Peter Morris. It Building permit received from Camden Council in July 2020 after provoking polarized reactions among neighbors in Gospel Oak.
The two new homes will replace the “polluting,” heat-leaking Victorian home that Mr. Morris currently resides in with his wife, TV producer Emma Kennedy, and their teenage daughter, and on an adjacent property.
The couple originally planned to live in one and sell the neighboring house after the project was complete. The difficulty of raising funds to build both of them means they will sell a house before construction begins.
What the attic kitchen could look like (Peter Morris)
The somewhat complicated arrangement means that the buyer would buy Mr Morris’ existing home while keeping the property next door. They would then tear down the Victorian property and build the two cloud houses. The architect estimates that the process from sale to completion would take about 18 months.
The house is on the market for £ 1.2 million with an expected additional cost of £ 800,000 on the construction project. The original plan was for the finished house to be worth £ 2.25 million.
“We have a full interior design right down to the stove brand, but now the buyer has the option to completely change the interior design if they wish,” said Morris.
“It’s currently designed as an upside down four bedroom, four bathroom house, but someone could change the number of rooms and the layout. There’s a rooftop pool that could probably be made bigger and you might not want the interior design to be as expansive as we planned. “
The property caught attention with its distinctive design with several extravagantly curved windows inspired by the nearby St. Martin Church. The listed church, built in 1865, was described by the architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner (1902-83) as “the craziest of” LondonVictorian Churches, ”largely because of its incomplete-looking towers and William Morris stained-glass windows.
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In harmony with Current architectural trends for individuality, bold color palettes and fun, the current interior design features contrasting colors and patterns, terrazzo countertops with cow print and neon yellow accessories in the kitchen, pale turquoise stairs and dotted tiles on the roof terrace and throughout the house.
The environmentally friendly features include gray water recycling, underfloor heating with an air heat pump and almost passive house airtightness and insulation.
“If Antoni Gaudi were to develop houses today, in our opinion this would have been his characteristic style,” der Entry on the website of the Unique Property Company reads.
“We got a lot of interest from design enthusiasts who want to live in something completely different from an ordinary pitched roof house,” said Morris.