A Dramatic Copper Roof Funnels Light Into This Sculptural London Home Asking $7.6M

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By Lucy Wang
After a decade in the making, this largely subterranean home with a sculptural roof has hit the market for nearly $7.6 million.

Architect Gianni Botsford spent years overlooking views of a dilapidated 1960s bungalow from his top-floor flat in Notting Hill—and then he seized the opportunity to replace the eyesore with a new house that would take over a decade to complete.

Slotted into the backyard of an 1840s brick villa, the recently finished "House in a Garden" is a strikingly sculptural abode with a funnel-shaped roof clad in gleaming copper panels. The unusual shape was largely informed by the challenging site constraints—the small, north-facing lot is overshadowed by large buildings on three sides. Botsford mitigated this challenge by using computer modeling to optimize access to garden views and natural light.

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The sculptural roof appears to float above the glass-walled living space on the ground floor.

The sculptural roof appears to float above the glass-walled living space on the ground floor.

The spruce glulam roof structure was prefabricated in the Dolomites and then craned into position in eight sections.

The spruce glulam roof structure was prefabricated in the Dolomites and then craned into position in eight sections.

As a result, daylight is funneled deep inside the 2,769-square-foot home, which consists of two basement floors in addition to a pavilion-like ground floor. Massive walls of glass, an open-plan layout, and strategically placed light wells and skylights all serve to distribute daylight throughout the three floors.

House in a Garden section

House in a Garden section

Luxuriously dressed in a palette of copper, glass, wood, and marble, the contemporary home has three bedrooms, three baths and a subterranean swimming pool. House in a Garden has hit the market for $7.6 million—scroll ahead for a look inside.

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The kitchen console is clad in industrially polished copper.

The kitchen console is clad in industrially polished copper.

The floors are white-oiled Dinesen Douglas fir.

The floors are white-oiled Dinesen Douglas fir.

"Designed, modeled and fabricated using both digital and manual processes each feeding the other, the intensity of the complex timber roof structure belies its warm domestic scale and character," Gianni Botsford says.

"Designed, modeled and fabricated using both digital and manual processes each feeding the other, the intensity of the complex timber roof structure belies its warm domestic scale and character," Gianni Botsford says.

The copper-clad kitchen console divides the living area from the entrance hall and Dinesen timber staircase.

The copper-clad kitchen console divides the living area from the entrance hall and Dinesen timber staircase.

The Dinesen staircase descends along a wall of fluted Carrara marble.

The Dinesen staircase descends along a wall of fluted Carrara marble.

The guest bedroom faces one side of a lightwell.

The guest bedroom faces one side of a lightwell.

Enveloped in Douglas fir, the master bedroom with garden views includes a built-in bed frame, a walk-in wardrobe, and custom-fit paneling.

Enveloped in Douglas fir, the master bedroom with garden views includes a built-in bed frame, a walk-in wardrobe, and custom-fit paneling.

The master bath features a double shower and a sunken marble bathtub that overlook views of a glass-walled winter garden.

The master bath features a double shower and a sunken marble bathtub that overlook views of a glass-walled winter garden.

The swimming pool is located on the lowest level of the house along with a hot tub, steam room, yoga room, and gallery space.

The swimming pool is located on the lowest level of the house along with a hot tub, steam room, yoga room, and gallery space.

House in a Garden ground floor plan

House in a Garden ground floor plan

House in a Garden basement floor plan

House in a Garden basement floor plan

House in a Garden sub-basement floor plan

House in a Garden sub-basement floor plan

House in a Garden site plan

House in a Garden site plan

Pembridge Villas, W11 is now being listed by Domus Nova for £5,950,000. See the full listing here.

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