Halliford Street, Islington, London N1
Ref No: KE003-LI-SA412
Seated on the corner of the intersection between Ecclesfield Road and Halliford Street, amidst the prestigious post-war Edwardian terraces of the bustling borough of Islington, discover a property where innovation meets imagination and where introspection collides with cordiality. Welcome to Eccles House.
On this vibrant corner of contemporary London, a striking glass and patterned timber building - the artistic vision of Omiros One Architecture – marks a moment of transition in time. Come on in and find out more.
OWNER QUOTE: “I always look for the contrast between the old and the new, the timeless and the fabricated.”
Step through the secure front gate into a Japanese-style courtyard. Concealed by the soft honeyed cedar of the timber and glass, this light and airy piazza garden features a 100-year-old olive tree as its central element and focal point, the perfect space to spend a relaxing Saturday morning amidst the evergreen foliage of the hedging and cheerful colour of the flower beds. Here, you will have privacy, intimacy and warmth, whilst symbiotically enjoying the public stance of your corner building, thanks to its innovative design.
OWNER QUOTE: “It’s a preview of what’s to come. Every aspect of the space works as a prelude to the next.”
Cross the black granite flags and pebbles; one is softened by time while the other is worked by humans...no detail has been left to chance here. Ahead of you lies a solid timber door, while beyond a whole new way of living awaits.
Emerge into the most versatile of living spaces. Ahead of you lies a three-way gas fire with stunning charred driftwood feature encased in glass, that glows when it burns. Toasty warm when you need it most in the winter time, this space is also temperate throughout the seasons courtesy of state of the art air conditioning. Beyond the fire, a glass floored walkway creates a connection to the lower floor level, allowing tantalising sneak peeks of the family living area below.
Here, in central London, space is at a premium and in order to work well, your living space must be adaptable. Separated in the middle by discreetly dividing doors, the ground floor is a blank canvas for you to paint your own lifestyle portrait upon. Closed, you can create a separate bedroom and en-suite, with the bathroom to the rear, attached to its own sitting area or reception room. Another ideal incarnation could be as a home office. Or, with its accessible entrance, this could be the perfect housing solution for an older relative who may struggle to access the upper bedrooms, allowing them independence and self-contained living.
Beyond awaits a breath taking shower room. Featuring an eclectic mix of contrasting textures and hues of marble, from the brilliant white of Greek Carrara marble to the warm, veined black of the Spanish Negro Marquina marble this bathroom is both sophisticated and timeless. This sleek combination of marble and glass is finished perfectly with sparkling Crosswater fixtures and fittings, designed to stand the test of time. Explore the variegated colours and textures in this true sensation shower. Within the recess, a playful mirror creates a collage of space and a window effect; this is a space to excite the senses.
Now, descend with us as we explore the relaxed family area on the lower ground floor. The staircase here connects on three levels, with light shining through from the roof terrace above right the way through the glass balustrading panels to create an illusion of space and three dimensionality internally.
OWNER QUOTE: “When a space works well it can adapt; it’s like a piece of poetry, it can suit your mood or personality at a certain time.”
Follow the ornate and spectacularly designed timber and glass staircase as it flows downstairs to your cosy, warm and intimate living area on the lower level. Light filters gently down from above through the quirky glass ceiling and cascades through to the TV area. Relax in this seating area and glance up to enjoy the different light pouring in from all directions, connecting you with all layers of this home – you can even see the sky light on the third level from here, making it hard to believe we are on the lower floor such is the continuity of light…
Step through and discover your fully appointed kitchen, designed with bon vivants in mind. Brew your morning coffee fresh from the built-in machine and in the evenings vary the menu depending on the taste courtesy of your Mille convection oven, wok burner for stir fries and even a state of the art barbecue grill, perfect for those rare English summers when the weather refuses to play along with your plans!
Continuing the theme of spacial optimisation, the refrigerator is also fitted and becomes part of the furniture while the doors to the laundry are hidden to ensure plenty of walking room. Behind the appliances, a black mirror finish lends the area a sense of infinity allowing a continuation of the space, and meaning that sitting down to dinner at the dining table is akin to eating out in a restaurant as the reflections make it feel like you are in a much larger space. As you catch a glimpse of your reflection in the highly polished surfaces it is as if you are playing a game of light.
In your downstairs powder room, an interesting depth is created through the use of stucco veneziano sculptured paint on the ceiling. Light bounces off this glossy white surface and onto the contrasting black walls. Throughout this home, texture and colour are key, as the glass, timber, polish and paint interact.
Time now for us to discover the uppermost level of this beguiling building. Follow the curvilinear charm of the glass and timber staircase as it lifts you up onto another level. Ascending to the top floor you spy a tantalising opening out to the roof terrace, but for now follow us through to the master bedroom, where the door shuts softy behind you courtesy of the magnetic latch, so thorough is the finishing on this home.
OWNER QUOTE: “The best feature is that there is no single feature. It is an active space.”
At the flick of a switch, enjoy ambient mood lighting, not simply for your bedroom but for different areas of your home; even the staircase enjoys its own LED spotlights. Relax in sheer bliss in your amply spaced room of recumbence, with voluminous wardrobes for all your storage needs peppered with built in lighting. On balmy summer’s evenings, throw open the windows to your Juliet balcony and become part of the streetscape below, before retiring in privacy for a dreamy night’s sleep.
Adjacent, your second bedroom affords the same luxuries of balcony and wardrobes, with an outlook over Halliford Street as opposed to the intersection. Up here, the space simply flows through, the walls don’t appear to be finishing anywhere and the high spec mirrors on the wardrobe further this sense of space.
Sneak a peek through into your blissful bathroom, which also acts as en-suite for the master. Beneath the window a freestanding bath acts as a sculptural element in the corner, allowing you to observe the neighbourhood should you choose to peep through the blinds. From here, look across to where your pampering shower awaits. More a spa experience than a scouring one, four functions allow you to enjoy such features as waterfall and spraymist. Sheer decadence.
Returning to the glimmering glass staircase, before you explore the locale, step through to your very own, very private terrace. Out here is your haven from the world. Sequestered behind lush green hedging, why not invite friends round and share a few ice cold beers whilst sizzling some sausages on the barbecue? Recline in privacy and peace in your seating area, soaking up the sunshine in your rooftop paradise.
Out and about
Nestled centrally in the thriving heart of Islington, a treasure trove of eateries lies on your doorstep. Barbecue restaurant Smokehouse serves cuisine from Argentina to Korea until late in the evening alongside a supply of craft beers. A plethora of pubs and bars awaits in all directions, while for your grocery needs a Sainsbury’s Local and a Tesco Express both cater to you within a few minutes’ walk.
When it’s time to return home, a sense of excitement and anticipation envelops you. After all, you are returning home to a living work of art where not even the slightest detail is mundane…so much more than just four walls!
Nearest Station: Essex Road (Great Northern Train)
Local Authority: Islington
Council Tax: TBA
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