Winner of the 2014 Sunday Times British Home Award for ‘Best One Off House below 2500 sqft’ and shortlisted in the 2015 Camden Design Awards, Eidolon House is believed to be the first mirror clad house in London, exploiting the unusual position of being on a narrow road opposite a row of trees.
Although located adjacent to the historic Highgate Cemetery and in a Conservation Area, Swains Lane has a tradition of innovative contemporary architecture. No. 85 (next door) by Eldridge Smerin Architects won a RIBA award in 2009 and the architect John Winter’s own 1969 Corten steel clad house at No. 81 is one of the few Modern houses to be Grade II* listed.
Eidolon House builds on the tradition of glass and steel Modernist housing started by John Winter and continued by Eldridge Smerin.
Here in contrast to Winter’s use of rusted Corten steel, the renovated house is clad in mirror polished stainless steel reflecting the trees opposite – highlighting the changing of the seasons.
The project name refers to the reflective cladding and cemetery context – Eidolon means phantom, apparition, double image and idealised.