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Panoramic Views Of London From ‘The Hampstead Penthouse’ By Ungar Architects


London-based architecture practice, Ungar Architects, has completed the creation of a breathtaking new penthouse in Hampstead, with panoramic views across the city. 

The clients, a young family of three, welcomed the transformation of their home with open arms, as an opportunity to create a peaceful retreat above the city – an ‘urban treehouse’ – which they could use as a living room and adapt to use as a pilates studio when required.

The project is situated in Hampstead, North London – atop a block of flats built in the early ’90s. The clients live in the top floor, three bedroom flat and own the large flat roof above, affording the opportunity to extend upwards. Ungar Architects was appointed to create a rooftop extension to take advantage of the views and to create a large patio area around it.

The challenge was to take advantage of the views outwards towards London but to minimise the views towards it. Its prominent location in relation to the other flats in the development also meant that the rear of the structure needed to be solid, but the other three sides could be glazed. Its set back and height were also critical in relation to views from further afield.

The final design is a floating curved structure which assists with the set back, and softens the visual impact of the extension. Ventilated zinc is used across the roof with minimum falls to keep the edge profile as thin as possible. The steel structure was welded and test on site in order that the materials could be reasonably hoisted to the roof at fifth floor level.

With sweeping vistas on three sides, the fully enclosed rooftop lounge and surrounding patio adds extra light, space and beauty to this property and a much-needed place for retreat and contemplation during these uncertain times.

Director at Ungar Architects, Peter Ungar, said: “This project has been both a challenge and a delight, and the studio was really excited to undertake the commission for an unusual and contemporary building which takes full advantage of its location and transforms our clients’ home.”

Ungar Architects was founded in 2006 by Peter Ungar and has since built up an impressive portfolio of largely residential projects with confidence and credibility: www.ungararchitects.com


Images :- Peter Cook

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