The Drop House

This detached house on a greenfield site beyond London’s suburbs is carefully arranged to exploit topology and views. The structure is a layer-cake of materials. A reinforced concrete basement supports a steel frame on which a superstructure of timber framing incorporates various architectural devices. Shrinkable clay soil conditions and the removal of several mature trees led inevitably to piled foundations.



Hertfordshire Society of Architects, 2001


Northaw, Hertfordshire

Project value

£1.8 million