World Architects

Tin House in London

Shepherd’s Bush is a London borough with long, parallel streets lined with pretty Victorian rowhouses. The typically two- or three-story brick houses have narrow gardens behind them, sealed off from the rest of the city. This urban structure leaves little room for additional development, though Henning Stummel was able to squeeze a private residence into the middle of one such block, on land that formerly served as a wrecking yard. Since the backs of the surrounding houses looked onto the house, the architect developed a plan of single-story, skylit pavilions – one room per cell – that look onto a central courtyard with a pool.