This four-bed new-build house in Notting Hill looks pretty standard from the outside, but doors open to reveal 3,700 square feet of immaculate ultra-modern interior space that marketing bumf heralds as being “reminiscent of the Guggenheim Gallery or London Design Museum”.
Hillgate House on Hillgate Street was designed in 2010 by the celebrated British-American architect Seth Stein, who cut his teeth working for Richard Rogers and Norman Foster, and has won RIBA Awards in his own right. It’s now on the market with Harrods Estates for £6.75m.
Behind the Georgian-look facade, the property delivers three above-ground and one underground level, stretching down to a 26-metre depth around a dramatic three-storey light well. Alongside the four bedrooms, there’s an internal garage, a courtyard garden, terraces from the master bed and living rooms onto the light well, a plunge pool (tiled in white gold), a “secret” staircase leading to a first floor study, and a 32-foot gym/media room in the basement.
Acres of glazing and soaring ceiling heights ensure that living spaces are exceptionally light, but eco-steps have been taken to keep the property as green as possible; photovoltaic glass has been used across the two-thirds of the roof, whilst solar panels have been used on the back third. These combine to power the property’s solar heating, whilst rainwater harvesting also helps to give the house the equivalent of Level 3 in the “energy” and “CO2 emissions” categories of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
Pale wood cabinetry and white-rendered walls add to the airy art-gallery feel of the place, while industrial detailing – polished concrete floors, groovy lighting, steel banisters – make the space all the more surprising, given the classical townhouse exterior.
Nicholas Shaw, Sales Manager of Harrods Estates Kensington: “Hillgate House exhibits the finest in modern design and economic features. Previously we have seen the space implemented as a gallery for artists to exhibit their work, as they take advantage of its pleasing aesthetic and the abundance of natural light that flows into the room. With this in mind, we anticipate this will sell to a creative looking to make every room a masterpiece.”