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