2c Belsize Park Gardens for Robin Webster; Elevations

Architect: Spence, Michael Robin · 1938-2017Architect: Webster, Robin, OBE RSA · b. 1939

With the prize money awarded to Spence and Webster for their winning design for the new Parliamentary Office Building at Westminster in 1972, Robin Spence and Robin Webster purchased a plot of vacant land at Belsize Park Gardens in London on which they designed and built a pair of matching steel-framed, flat-roofed, glass-walled residences set low to minimise their visual impact and with the heating plant contained in a basement level, the houses separated by a shared central courtyard and in which the pair lived and conducted their practice as Spence and Webster.

The properties were designed and built between 1978 and 1981. They were featured in the article ' Another double for the twin motorcyclists [a pair of twin houses for Robin Spence and Robin Webster]' which appeared in the journal London Architect, August 1981, p.15.

The houses were previewed in 1978; 'Two single storey houses, Belsize Park, London' in Architectural Review, vol. 163, no. 971, 1978 Jan, p. 26.

In 2010 an unsuccessful attempt was made to have them listed when they were threatened by a local redevelopment, but were saved when planning permission for the redevelopment was refused. Robin Webster wrote an article on this in Building Design Journal, no. 1958, 2011 Mar. 25, p. 5.

A series of eight black and white photographs of aspects the completed property taken in 1982 by photographer John Donat (1933-2004) are held by the Royal Incorporation of British Architects and accessible online; Vide
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Additional details

  • Object data

    Date1978 - 1981
    Materials Support paper, photographic
    Dimensions 21.1cm x 29.7cm
  • Exhibitions

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