Architecture

House on Swain’s Lane in London, Overlooks a Cemetery

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I always knew those Brits are wicked, but not like that. Apparently on Swain’s Lane in London, there’s a glass looking house designed by London-based architects Eldridge Smerin, which has a great view, (prepare!!!) over a cemetery. Other than the fact that there are dead people in the area the four-storey house is extremely modern with large windows and doors made of glass to enhance space. Built on the footprint of the original 1970 house, it has two facadase. One is overlooking the cemetery and is mostly glazed while the other one is made of black granite, translucent glass and black steel panels, and overlooks the street. Looks extremely fancy but I’m not sure if I’d be able to live there. Would you? – via Dezeen

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8 comments

  • Terry October 22, 2008 at 11:47 AM Login to Reply →

    That’s awesome, and I think the cemetery might be a bit of a plus. Here in NYC, before Central Park was built, everyone used to picnic in the cemeteries. In fact, there was so much traffic going to them that it was one of the reasons Central Park was built in the first place. And think about it – park views that will not be built over. The question is, is it an -active- cemetery or something historical?

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  • JOhn October 23, 2008 at 01:09 AM Login to Reply →

    I think it would be a plus. Quiet neighbors.

  • NefariousCupcake October 23, 2008 at 10:55 AM Login to Reply →

    People are dying to be their neighbors. Heh. heh. Ok. That was awful, sorry.

  • Sascha Vogt November 3, 2008 at 22:12 PM Login to Reply →

    At least less playing kids than in a park or garden.

    And goth chicks will love it….

  • Ximena June 1, 2009 at 18:23 PM Login to Reply →

    Hi! I’ve also been there and found the house a bit odd. The glass facade is nice and I guess the view goes way over the cemetery, which for a city like London is a luxury (not to be overlooking a wall or the front building, I guess). But on the other hand, the street facade I found hideous, and I even thought the architect aimed for the house to look like a sober tomb from the street. What was the need of that black granite massive wall? Don’t get it -and don’t like it!

    Thanks for the photos, they are great.

    Greetings from Mexico!

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