House in Highgate Cemetery London Inspired by seeing the practice’s award-winning house, The Lawns, a house in the Highgate Conservation Area, the owner of a nearby property commissioned the practice to design a replacement house on this unique site overlooking Highgate Cemetery. An existing two-storey steel house by architect John Winter, had come to the end of its life owing to the deterioration of the steel structure and it was no longer commercially viable to repair it. The practice proposed two options for the project and it was architect Nick Eldridge’s design for a four-storey concrete, black granite and glass house with upper level courtyard with glass sliding roof which captured the imagination of the owner and was built.
House in Coombe Park Kingston The Coombe Park estate lies to the east of Kingston Hill to the south west of London. The development of the estate dates back to the 1920’s but few of the houses of this period have survived the pressure of enlargement to release the commercial potential of their sites. Eldridge London was commissioned by the owner of a post-war bungalow set in a half acre of garden amongst ancient oak trees and rhododendrons. Uniquely for Coombe Park, the owner of this property was an enthusiastic patron of contemporary architecture and encouraged the practice to design a building of its time in contrast to the predominantly faux classical villas of the neighbourhood.
House in Ulcombe Kent The practice was appointed on a limited architectural service to produce a concept design and to obtain planning consent for a prefabricated house for a family in Kent. The building was designed to utilise off-site fabrication as a ‘kit of parts’ for maximum efficiency and to limit the amount of time and trades on site. The project management, procurement and implementation was undertaken by the client acting as construction manager. The process was followed by Grand Designs in 2008
House in Hampstead Village London The practice was appointed by an eminent rare books dealer to convert and extend a Victorian house in Hampstead, North London, an area famous for its tradition of experimental 20th century residential architecture. Not far from this house in Pilgrims Lane is Erno Goldfinger’s Willow Road development and the steel-framed glass Hopkins house.
Villa Moda Department Store Kuwait The owner of Villa Moda, the dynamic fashion entrepreneur, Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah, appointed the practice to undertake the design of the interior and landscaping of his new luxury brands department store in Kuwait on the recommendation of Tyler Brulee of Wallpaper* magazine and Winkmedia. Winkmedia were responsible for the Villa Moda identity and comprehensive brand design. Sheikh Majed’s vision was a state-of-the-art retail experience. Eldridge London’s responsibility included the design of Villa Moda’s entrance area and lounge, public spaces and staircases, two levels of multi-brand fashion space, restaurant and café managed by the Caprice Group and the external landscaping around the building. The design and implementation period was six months and completion was successfully achieved on time for the store opening deadline.
Architects and Designers
London architectural practice Eldridge Smerin was established in 1998 and has since relaunched as Eldridge London. Architect Nick Eldridge’s vision continues to inspire the design and material quality of the practice’s recent projects in the UK and abroad, having been defined by a series of cutting-edge houses including the Stirling Prize nominated ‘The Lawns’ project and the House in Highgate Cemetery.
The practice has also completed a number of high profile retail, commercial and cultural projects including interiors for Selfridges Birmingham, Villa Moda Kuwait, O2’s Mobile Applications Development Centre, the Design Council Headquarters, The Business and Intellectual Property Centre and a restaurant at the British Library and the Globe Theatre’s Sackler Studios.
The practice demonstrates a consistent approach to producing intelligent and unique solutions to specific client briefs and often constrained budgets with an unerring attention to detail from concept through to completion.
Eldridge London is an RIBA Chartered Practice.