Walmer Yard in London’s Notting Hill is the first residential project in Britain designed by architect and academic Peter Salter. Renowned for his detailed and evocative drawings, Salter has created a one-of-a-kind solution for high-end contemporary architecture within a limited space.
Walmer Yard is an ensemble of four interlocking houses, grouped together around a small courtyard. On the road-facing side, the reinforced concrete construction seems relatively inconspicuous and conventional. However, an opening in the façade leads up a ramp into the irregularly shaped inner courtyard, defined by the recesses and projections of the surrounding houses. Wooden slats accentuate their façades, focus the light, and provide privacy to their occupants.
Each house is designed differently as a complex composition of spatial sequences, materials, colours, and various interplays of light and shadow. Instead of relying on standard solutions, unusual materials and production methods were chosen: Curved staircases and bathrooms made of black steel. Yurt-like designed living rooms with walls of clay and straw and roofs constructed of copper shingles. Walls of different types of concrete that either absorb or reflect the light. Leather handrails and curtains made of copper wire. The entire ensemble is a unique combination of architecture, design, and craftsmanship.
The houses can be rented individually or together. Each of the four houses has two double bedrooms with an en suite bathroom, kitchen, dining and living room, a balcony and/or terrace.
What to do
Walmer Yard is situated very close to the well-known districts of Notting Hill and Kensington. Within a few minutes' walk you will find Michelin starred restaurants, cafes, shops, parks, museums, etc. As part of your stay you can go on unique architectural tours of London that will introduce you to the wonderful diversity of the city's history and culture.
Why we like this house
An architectural jewel in the heart of London.
This house is great for
The Baylight Foundation not only offers these houses as holiday homes, but also provides short stays for groups working in creative disciplines such as the visual and performing arts, social sciences, architecture, and urban design.
Details of the property
Region/Town: UK – United Kingdom, London
Name: Walmer Yard
Scenery: In the heart of Notting Hill
Number of guests: max. 18: 3 houses for 4 guests, 1 house for 6 guests
Design: Peter Salter, Fenella Collingridge, London
Published: Domus, 03/2017; Architectural Review, 02/2017; Financial Times, 01/2017; Architecture Today, 01/2017; Architect’s Journal, 01/2017; RIBA Journal, 12/2016, Archdaily, 12/2016; Dezeen, 11/2016; Designboom, 11/2016; Wallpaper, 11/2016; etc.
Awards: Winner, RIBA London Award 2017; Commendation, AIA Excellence in Design Award 2017