HIDDEN HOUSE CLERKENWELL
Small, spartan and beautifully formed is Hidden House in Clerkenwell, above and right, designed by Coffey Architects (coffeyarchitects.com). It sits on a small plot, previously the site of a caretaker’s shed, a one-storey house above the former prison vault of what was the Clerkenwell House of Detention.
It is simple, elegant and immaculately detailed. With openings only on its north-east and north-west sides, it is surprisingly light and open inside, thanks to precisely placed roof vaults giving views up to the more decorative Victorian school next door. Keeping it simple and making the most of every bit of land, while taking care to use high- quality materials and careful design, seem the most useful lessons developers and housebuilders might take from this year’s crop of awards.