The ‘most important house built in Britain for years’

On the market for £8 million…

Called a “sexy, impeccably detailed jewel, shimmering in an other-worldly light” by Guardian architecture critic Tom Dyckhoff, Lawns in Highgate Village, north London, is on the market for the first time.

The Lawns is said to be one of the most architecturally significant modern houses in Britain. Completed in 2000 to a design by Eldridge Smerin, it was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, British architecture’s highest honour.

The house wraps around the core of an existing detached house built in the 1950s by Leonard Manasseh, which was itself constructed on Victorian foundations.

The result is a building with multiple layers, double-height spaces and high levels of natural light.

Set in a quarter of an acre, the main lines of the garden were also dictated by Eldridge Smerin, who continued the geometry of the house.

The Lawns won an RIBA Award in 2001, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Stirling Prize in the same year. The project also won a Civic Trust Award and a Camden Design Award in 2002. The RIBA jury described it as “an exemplar of how the 21st-century house can be incorporated into historic conservation areas as part of the continuing evolution of domestic architecture”.

And what’s the point of living in a multi-million-pound modernist masterpiece if you can’t show it off to your friends? Fortunately, there’s plenty of room. According to estate agents The Modern House it has accommodated as many as 150 guests for a party and 60 for a sit-down dinner.

The Lawns, South Grove, London N6 is on the market for £8 million.

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