Home homage: London’s Eglon House is inspired by the Maison de Verre in Paris

Exterior view of Eglon House
The striking house spans over 13,000 sq ft and includes a master suite pipping 2,000 sq ft, a courtyard, a swimming pool with a rising mechanical floor and LED cinema screen, two kitchens, two reception rooms and further bedrooms for children and guests
(Image credit: Joas Souza)

Discreetly tucked away behind the main street on London's Primrose Hill, on a tiny mews, Eglon House is conceived as architectural homage to Pierre Chareau's iconic Maison de Verre in Paris.

At a striking total of 13,154 sq ft (the master suite alone is over 2,000 sq ft), the live-work property is far from tiny. Yet it feels intimate, sensitive and considerate, featuring exposed steel beams with expressed mechanical bolts, warm walnut cladding and some of Chareau's furniture and light fittings.

A front door that is almost hidden from the street leads through to the main living spaces, and then comes the big reveal – the building is divided into two structures linked on the lower ground level by a sweeping, state-of-the-art swimming pool and entertainment space.

The two wings look out to a central courtyard; this is where the Chareau-inspired facade is unveiled in its full glory. The exterior's glass tiles are created with the same moulds used for the tiles on the Maison de Verre, recreating thus its striking semi-transparent facade effect. 

The house, which had previously been home to a recording studio, a shell casing factory and even a milking dairy, has just been completed and is awaiting its new owner.

Open plan kitchen, bath, and living room interior of Eglon House

Eglon House is a live/work residence in North London's Primrose Hill, inspired by the iconic Maison de Verre in Paris by Pierre Chareau

(Image credit: Joas Souza)


Photography: Joas Souza

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).