Su­per strata

Clau­dio Sil­vestrin’s Can­non lane house in hamp­stead is a multi-storey marvel

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De­signed by ar­chi­tect Clau­dio Sil­vestrin for for­ward-think­ing de­vel­oper Gary Giess­ing, our lo­ca­tion house was built on a con­strained site and faced some im­por­tant plan­ning stip­u­la­tions, but it cer­tainly isn’t lack­ing in ameni­ties. From the base­ment pool and spa, past a multi-level gar­den by Chelsea gold medal­list Chris beard­shaw, all the way up to the rooftop bed­room with City sky­line views, it’s the epit­ome of high-end con­tem­po­rary res­i­den­tial de­sign. the lo­cal coun­cil’s de­mand for a brick façade and con­ti­nu­ity have re­sulted in a very stealthy dwelling at street level. three ma­te­ri­als – stone, oak and bronze – form the core of the house with the bolzanosourced stone giv­ing the in­te­ri­ors a carved, cave-like qual­ity (al­beit one with metic­u­lously pre­cise ge­om­e­try). the stone, laid by ital­ian ar­ti­sans with­out us­ing grout, has a pleas­ing vis­ual echo of the tower of Christ Church hamp­stead, which is vis­i­ble from the up­per ter­races. ‘we al­ways go over and above on spec­i­fi­ca­tion,’ says Giess­ing, ‘but with Clau­dio, we’ve cre­ated a work of art as well.’

right, the Sim­ple brick and GLASS ex­te­rior of the Five-storey Can­non lane house un­folds to re­veal an el­e­gantly lav­ish in­te­rior. be­low and bot­tom right, the Stone Stair­case, which Curves Gen­tly down to the base­ment pool and Spa

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