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An Evening With...Holland Park House

11 December 19:45 - 20:45
Organized by: Open House London Architecture Tours

This evening event will give an exclusive opportunity to tour Holland Park House with the owners and architects Architecture for London. 


Charlie Barda and his wife bought their home on this mid-century modern estate in Holland Park by celebrated architects Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew.


Built in 1966, the estate features red brick terraces with integrated garages and generous communal gardens. Original internal partitions were removed to create flexible open plan living spaces for young family life. A new winding stair is finished in powder coated steel and oak. This compact stair results in significant additional useable floor area on each level.


The rear extension in matching brick creates a kitchen and social space at ground floor, with a large frameless window allowing new views of the side garden. White oiled oak flooring provides a clean contemporary finish, while reflecting light deep into the room. At first floor, a flexible space can be separated with sliding doors to create a study, play room and a formal reception room overlooking the garden. The study is located in the original shiplap timber clad bay, that cantilevers over the main entrance. 


Dark blue ceramic tiles in the garden draw inspiration from the original tiles at the entrance to each house. Bold colour highlights, a nod to Richard Rogers' Wimbledon House - built in the same year as this and a favourite architect of the owner continue in the kitchen, new stair and the geometric tiled bathroom. The house is finished with a selection of mid-century furniture in keeping with the era. 


Project was in collaboration with Liddicoat & Goldhill Architects. 


Each tour duration 1 hour. Limited places, cost £35.50 with complimentary prosecco and nibbles. Located in Holland Park W14, exact address provided to bookers before the event.


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