One of the first houses in France to be constructed from materials like glass and steel is the iconic Maison de Verre. This sensational property was exceptionally progressive for the time (1928 to 1932) because of its modern industrial façade. It also combined the talents of legendary furniture designer and Dutch architect Bernard Bijvoet.
Very recently a prominent London based developer paid tribute to the Maison de Verre by creating his own masterpiece called Elgon House. Interestingly the land was formerly used as stables and as a recording studio for artists like Tina Turner. Although the home is not supposed to be an exact replica, it does bear a striking resemblance. In my opinion they have got the balance exactly right and been sympathetic to the original building. With this modern interpretation they have delicately combined raw industrial materials like concrete and exposed steel with glass. The result is an astonishing home (situated in one of London’s most prestigious areas), which is designed for the most discerning clientele.
Originally what amazed me about Elgon House is the scale of this incredible world-class dwelling. The property is absolutely colossal and offers the fortunate recipient 13,154 square feet of prime living accommodation. In fact at 2,000 square feet the main living area is larger than most average homes in the UK. It is also pertinent to mention the extraordinary level of luxury this majestic house has to offer. Features like a lift, home cinema, swimming pool, roof terrace/orangery just add to its overall desirability. As a finishing touch the home has been extravagantly garnished with a range of exclusive contemporary artwork and furniture.
Currently this elite home is on the market with Savills (http://www.savills.co.uk) at a price tag of £24,000,000 (approximately $34,574,411).
Images courtesy of Joas Souza.