Michaelis House, UK, by Alex Michaelis
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Hidden behind a narrow, off-white, Petersen brick-clad façade, architect Alex Michaelis’ home, built on an awkward inner-city plot in west London, is designed to maximise light. Two round towers sit on a base that contains a large living, kitchen and dining area, while a sliding glass door opens onto a courtyard and pool. The towers house eight bedrooms, linked by a slim bridge over a green roof, and mischievous details, such as a fireman’s pole and a slide, add a sense of playfulness to this family-friendly space.
Key features: Round towers, playful details
Location: West London, UK
Architects’ previous work: Soho House, Istanbul, Los Angeles and Berlin; Sandibe Okavango, Safari Lodge, Botswana