Finding a personal retreat or haven of sorts in a city can be a daunting task. With no room to stake land in a cramped city grid, it seems the only place to go is up. But doesn’t the rule go, the higher, the more expensive? Guess again. Try looking above that sprawling penthouse apartment and into the world of roof living.
This “Hut on the roof” in Central London reveals an ideal solution to the urban housing crisis. The mini hut is thoughtfully placed within the workings of the rooftop of a three story Victorian house. The hut does not at all disrupt the height of the overall London roofscape, but rather, it is tucked perfectly between existing brick structures.
Built on site by architects Andy Whiting and Scott Batty, the entirely timber structure provides a nice break from the heavy masonry of surrounding buildings, and its rough hewn wooden façade reveals raw edges whose contrast evokes a remarkably different feeling from the city beneath it. The snug fit of the structure creates a cozy safe haven, and its roof top placement removes its inhabitants from the hustle and bustle of city life below.
Trudge up four flights of stairs, and it is as though you’ve gone on holiday. Does it get any better? Step inside. The cherry veneer plywood walls and sliding glass roof creates a warm peaceful atmosphere remarkably in tune to those Caribbean vacation spaces. This particular hut is used as primarily as a kitchen space, with a wood burning stove and cozy dining area. Solar panels and a sheep’s wool insulation enhance the warmth of this hideaway, making it the perfect place for a tranquil evening retreat.
Imagine coming home from a long day of work, and being a few steps away from what feels like a little vessel to transport you to another place or another time. The play on light and materials creates a whole different perspective for the city around you, and the hut on top of the house becomes an escape of sorts. All of its shy subtleties make it all the more appealing, and from the hut on the roof, it’s a whole different view.
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Watch a BBC feature on the Hut-on-a-Roof with the owner and architect: