It’s named Heiwa, after the Japanese word for peace; it’s made by German Huf Haus design principles. You’ll find this remarkable new 5,234 square foot detached property, though, in the leafy realms of Kingston Hill, within close proximity to both Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common.
The property might be termed “Neo-Bauhaus”, given that the movement of art, architecture and design founded by Walter Gropius in Germany in 1919 set out to reunite modernist art – clean lines, geometric shapes – and functional, practical industrial design. Open-plan design with glass exteriors that flood the property with natural light, it’s impressively energy efficient thanks to triple glazing and underfloor heating derived through ground or air source pumps. Huf Haus has been building luxury prefabricated homes in the Bauhaus architectural tradition based on the German Fachwerk (“Frame House”) design since the early 1970’s with over 200 of them now built in the UK.
Injecting the Japanese flavour hinted at by the house’s name is the resin bonded path flanked by bamboo borders, which leads to a glass fronted, nine-metre-high atrium hallway. Rooms – reception room, a family room, a dressing room and two family bathrooms – span over three floors, and there’s also a terrace, balcony and detached double garage.
“The traditional Bauhaus design provides families with elegant design and functionality,” says Alex Newall, Managing Director at BARNES International’s Private Office. “Functionality follows form and Hiewa truly characterises and embodies calmness in the family home.”