In March 2015, GPF Lewis were delighted to be credited alongside Central Investment Properties and Squire & Partners as winners of the Schuco Excellence Awards 2014. The project involved the retention of an 18th century façade in combination with a new building to create a five-bedroom house with a rooftop pavilion, two roof terraces, a swimming pool, cinema and gymnasium.

The Virginia creeper growing on a nearby building proved the inspiration for theremarkable metal shingle façade of a new private house in the centre of London’s Mayfair. This highly expressive elevation, which comprises more than 4,000 folded aluminium leaves, was combined with a thermally broken casement window and door systems. Both were chosen for their slim profiles, level of finish and because the aluminium profiles matched the metal of the leaves. 

Judges enjoyed the original and highly-crafted elevational treatment. 

‘There’s a sense of solidity. It bridges between the modern and traditional well, and uses apertures in a wall in a fresh way,’ says Deborah Saunt.

‘The detailing is very minimal and appropriate against the layered façade,’ says Paul Monaghan.


Client: Central Investment Properties
Architect: Squire & Partners
Contractor: GPF Lewis
Structural engineer: Heyne Tillett Steel
Cladding consultant: Tuchschmid
M&E: Wallace Whittle UK