Architect: Georgie Wolton

Cliff Road Studios
London NW1

SOLD

This outstanding one-bedroom duplex apartment with communal gardens is located on the first and second floors of Cliff Road Studios, built in 1968 to a design by the Modernist architect Georgie Wolton. Properties in this building come up for sale very rarely.

The flat measures approximately 936 sq ft internally, and feels larger because of its impressive volume. It has a fabulous 33ft double-height reception / studio on the lower floor, with large skylights and fine views over the gardens at the rear. There is also a separate kitchen with a sliding door. A spiral staircase leads to the mezzanine level, where there is an open-plan double bedroom, a dressing room and a bathroom. The apartment has use of the attractive communal gardens, an off-street parking space and storage in the basement.

Cliff Road Studios was built as a series of live/work spaces for artists; this particular property has been used as a studio by the same painter since the late 1960s. The layout would lend itself very well to someone working from home.

The Underground is available at Caledonian Road (Piccadilly Line). King’s Cross, with its National Rail and Eurostar services, is also within close proximity. The excellent Lord Stanley gastropub is at the end of road, and there is a selection of organic shops round the corner.

 

Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.


History

Georgie Wolton was one of the founding members of the renowned architecture practice Team 4, which included Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Wolton’s sister, Wendy Cheesman (who subsequently married Foster). Initially, Wolton was the only qualified architect in the group.

In his book The Modern Steel House, Neil Jackson writes, “She had trained at the Architectural Assocation and had been a regular traveller to America, where she had seen both the Eames House – ‘and I fell in love with that!’ – and Philip Johnson’s Glass House.

Wolton was also an affirmed admirer of Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House. Based on her experiences of the American pavilions she saw, she designed a house in Surrey that was the first in the UK to use CorTen steel as its primary structural material.

Cliff Road Studios was built in 1968, and is a rare example of a Wolton-designed building. While Norman Foster and Richard Rogers have become the most successful architects of their generation, Georgie Wolton went on to forge a notable career as a landscape designer.


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Georgie Wolton

Georgie Wolton was one of the founding members of the practice Team 4, which included Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Wolton’s sister, Wendy Cheesman (who subsequently married Foster). Initially, Wolton was the only qualified architect in the group. She had trained at the Architectural Assocation and had been a regular traveller to America, where she had seen the Eames House, Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson’s Glass House. Based on her experiences, Wolton designed a house in Surrey that was the first in the UK to use CorTen steel as its primary structural material, and a studio building for artists in Camden. She later turned her hand to landscape design.

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