Architect Ian McChesney's "Tree House" is a striking glass-clad home in south-east London. The monolithic five-bedroom residence strikes contrast with the Victorian houses surrounding it while reflecting the site's flourishing greenery.
The house is located in Sydenham, south-east London, and occupies a piece of land in a conservation area dominated by Victorian houses. In order to comply with the planning restrictions, the architect designed two simple timber-framed volumes and decided to envelop them withblack glass that gives the project a distinctive edge.
The larger of two volumes houses an open-plan living room, while the other space houses the sleeping area. A slim stairwell is connects the private area to the living room. The kitchen is located next to the living room and has a dark-stained wooden island, while the living room is dominated by a wood-burning stove that rises through the ceiling.