Architecture and interior design practice gpad london ltd won the Best London Home category at the Evening Standard New Homes 2018 Awards on Friday 19th, and went on to secure the top prize, the Grand Prix trophy.
The prize was awarded for Wittering House, a stylish home built on a difficult infill site in Finsbury Park, North London. Contemporary in design, and providing a discreet intervention in a street of Victorian houses, the 829 sq. ft. two-bedroom home is a contextual and sympathetic response to its location.
The Grand Prix Award is presented to the crème de la crème of all the homes and developments honoured at the Evening Standard Awards. gpad beat some strong competition, with 14 other award winners, including Powell Tuck Associates, Barratt London and Hogarth Architects.
gpad london’s winning design is a modest yet elegant two-bedroom house on the site of a small derelict garage. Architect Charles Bettes spotted the potential of the small plot, measuring a mere 6×7 metres, and set about creating an affordable home for him and his wife Vicki Lim.
The challenge faced by Charles was how to create a comfortable layout and a relaxing home on the tiny 6x7m site surrounded by Victorian terraces. gpad london delivered a contemporary design without being incongruous with the other buildings in its vicinity. Set over three levels and clad in brick and bronze, the house feels larger due to careful consideration of every inch and clever use of dual aspect rooms with a lightwell and free-flowing spaces. This is further complemented by a coherent material language and a subtle palette of muted colours.
The sleek, warm and subtle interior is relaxed and calming, with whitewashed oak panelling and resin floors.
Charles Bettes of gpad london, comments:
“Having my home considered London home of the year really feels like a fantastic achievement. It is testament that great design does not require a huge budget or a lengthy time scale – Wittering House was completed in just ten months and on a relatively modest budget. While the site is tiny and the house is not large, the innovative layout ensures the interior areas feel spacious, successfully illustrating that with a thoughtful, well-considered approach to a site, good quality living spaces can be produced. We’re currently working on other infill projects and have a lengthy track record of creating wonderful spaces of all sizes on difficult sites. It’s incredibly rewarding to see how we can really get the most out of a small, awkward site. Scooping the Grand Prix amongst such amazing architecture is a wonderful underlining of the team’s ability.”