An urban view — 02 February 2018

Every month CabbieBlog hopes to show you a little gem of a building that you might have passed without noticing, in the past, they have ranged from a modernist car park; a penguin pool; to a Hanoverian gatehouse.

In contrast to the ‘historic’ properties featured in Site Unseen, we come bang up to date with a very modern home which was long listed for the Royal Institute of British Architects House of the Year.

DESCRIBED as looking like a spaceship this futuristic house is only 22ft wide and wedged between its Victorian neighbours.

After buying the plot, just behind Highgate Station, for the bargain price of £276,000, it would take the best part of 10 years to completion.

The lower section is built of engineering grey bricks which act as a support for the steel upper floors which had been assembled in a factory and were craned into position.


The house has a nautical theme that sets this futuristic house apart, steel wiring along the balustrades and porthole windows. The living room is double-height and suspended above this area is a conservatory. There is hardly a corner in this property with curves on most walls including the glazing.

A very small house at 1,345 sq. ft., but with its clever design, gives the appearance of a property twice that size.

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