The Long House designed by Keith Williams Architects is located in London, United Kingdom. The Long House has been conceived as a “secret dwelling”, screened from the outside world. Much of it is single storey, in sharp contrast to typical, vertically stacked 4 or 5 storey London houses. Its flank to the outside world is formed by the rebuilt, single storey boundary wall. Above, a clerestorey glazed strip and zinc vault form the garden wing over a toplit, subterranean swimming pool. The much smaller upper portions of the house are formed of simple blank façades deployed along the top of the wall echoing the volumes of the earlier buildings.
Facing the garden, the elevations open out in a freer and more transparent way, beginning to dissolve the relationship between inside and out. The form of the house has been determined by careful integration of the new masses with the scale and form of the existing adjoining houses. The 49m long house comprises living and dining spaces, a subterranean lap pool, 4 main bedrooms, and guest and maid’s wing and garaging for 2 cars.