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Levring House, Bloomsbury

Brilliant regard for the context

Credit: Dennis Gilbert

Jamie Fobert Architects for private client

Contract value: £2.8m.

GIA: 451m2

The spacious and luxurious house fills a corner plot of a typical London mews in Bloomsbury with a heady mix of free-flowing space, light-filled voids, fastidious detailing and a brilliant regard for the context.

  • Credit: Dennis Gilbert
  • Credit: Dennis Gilbert
  • Credit: Dennis Gilbert
  • Credit: Dennis Gilbert

Externally the building is finished with an elegant palette of Danish hand-made bricks, bronze panels and plenty of glazing. A combination of alignments and set-backs belie the true volume of the house, which includes a garage, extensive plant rooms, ground source heat pump machinery and a delightful 14m long marble-lined lap pool in the basement. A series of volumes step around a central lightwell from the basement which is surrounded by full-height sliding glazing. Internally the architecture is imbued with high-quality materials and elegant detailing, which absorb light, are sensuous to the touch and beguiling to the eye. 

This is architecture of sophistication and delight, crafted out of a tight and complex urban site with skill and panache. 

See other winners in the RIBA Regional Awards 2015 – London

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