Eglon House, Primrose Hill, London

Client:

Fairfax Partners Limited

Architect:

Chassay Last

Estimated Build Cost:

£6m

The Works

Inspired by Pierre Chareau’s iconic Art Deco Parisian architectural Masterpiece ‘Maison de Verre’, Eglon House is a new live/work residence constructed, detailed and designed to the highest standards. Located in Primrose Hill, London, the site was previously The Mayfair Studio where famous artists such as Tina Turner, Pink Floyd and David Bowie recorded platinum selling albums. John Hudson, a former BBC engineer designed and built the recording studio that was home to the world’s top recording artists for nearly 30 years. Symmetrys Limited has employed innovative structural and civil engineering design in transforming the former studio into a striking four storey modern property that echoes the design philosophy of Maison de Verre for developer Fairfax Partners.

Pioneering structural engineering solutions including ‘top down’ construction were devised and implemented to overcome tough site constraints, including delivering the project within the confines of existing perimeter walls that landlocked the site. Key elements of the building’s structure are purposely left exposed adding to its architectural splendour and echoing a key feature of Maison de Verre’s design, which centered around honestly displaying materials and mechanical fixtures. Additional factors that Symmetrys placed at the heart of delivering Eglon House to meet the brief included an efficient construction programme, minimising disruption to local residents, and sustainability. The commercial element of the building (comprising 65%) is set to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating and the residential space (comprising 35%) a Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 rating.