Built in Hampstead, north London, in 1976, the Hopkins’ House is the first project by Michael and Patty Hopkins’ Architectural Practice and it is a building designed for the couple and their family for living and working.
The house is located three meters below street level and the first floor with the entrance is reachable through a short metal bridge. The two-storey building is built with a steel frame structure with large glass panels and corrugated metal sheeting for the exterior walls. Inside, there are no elements to distinguish the working from the living areas. The whole interior is extremely open with only a few permanent partitions in prefabricated melamine-faced panels, used to enslose bathrooms and sleeping areas while venetian blinds hanging between the internal columns temporarily define the other living functions.
The building is made of an assemblage of simple industrial components like metal joints, rods, and tension cables and its construction technique is simplified in order to reduce detailing for every joint in the building. The small structural grid, (4m x 2m), is composed of six columns of 60 mm square section.
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