In attempting to modify his London base, Gooners legend Thierry Henry has caused something of a stir in the architectural fraternity.
Henry asked De Metz Forbes Knight Architects’ to “improve the grandeur and status” of his house in Hampstead, north London, which he purchased in 2001. The French striker wants to demolish the existing Richard MacCormac-designed building on the site and this is where the problem lies.
MaCormac is considered one of the twentieth century’s most influential designers and critics are believed to be considering putting the house forward for listed building status before any demolition work begins. Whether this proposal is accepted remains debatable as the original house was only built in 1999.
Henry’s design brief for his pad includes “sufficient wardrobe space” and “a better swimming pool”, as well as extra space to entertain guests. In addition, DMFK are proposing a four storey aquarium stretching from the basement to the second floor.
A planning application has been submitted to Camden Council and comments can be submitted until March 8.
(Thanks to bdonline for the heads up)