Five Cannon Lane, set in a quiet conservation area in the heart of Hampstead Village, London NW3, is a contemporary minimalist home designed by world-famous architect Claudio Silvestrin.
The site, purchased in 2007, previously contained an unremarkable house designed in the 70s that failed to maximise the benefits of the super location, both in respect of accommodation and view. The developers wanted to create an exceptional home both in respect of style and scale; plots in this conservation area of London that do not contain listed properties are rare and therefore something quite exceptional would be required.
International architect Claudio Silvestrin was appointed, renown for his work with Armani and previous collaborations with Kanye West, Calvin Klein and Anish Kapoor. Working through a two stage planning strategy, the first planning grant was issued in September 2010.
Silvestrin ultimately delivered a contemporary home, that while not disturbing the proportions of the topography of Cannon Lane has the ‘wow’ factor in spades. After numerous iterations of the design a final blueprint was agreed and approved by the local authority in June 2013.
Silvestrin not only designed the house, but also the interiors, ensuring continuity of style and that no detail was left unnoticed or ignored.
Claudio Silvestrin said: “The feeling of Five Cannon Lane is one of calm and serenity; it’s almost a meditative space. To achieve this simplicity, technology is mostly hidden and there is no ornamentation of any kind. However there is drama – the 42 step stone staircase that leads down to the pool and spa which recalls an ancient site, for example.”