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Notting Hill home transformed with help of architect neighbour

An architect got fed up with overlooking a characterless bungalow in Notting Hill so convinced the owner to replace it with a stunning luxury copper-roofed house that is now worth nearly £6million.

Gianni Botsford’s top floor flat in next door’s 19th century townhouse looked down on the uninspiring 1960s bungalow in London‘s affluent neighbourhood.

He decided he wanted to make better use of the land and worked with the owner on an eight-year building project to replace it with the new sculptural-looking house.

Gianni Botsford's top floor flat in the neighbouring 19th century townhouse looked down on the uninspiring 1960s bungalow in Notting Hill. So he helped his neighbour transform the property into this spectacular (pictured) new sculptural-looking house

Gianni Botsford's top floor flat in the neighbouring 19th century townhouse looked down on the uninspiring 1960s bungalow in Notting Hill. So he helped his neighbour transform the property into this spectacular (pictured) new sculptural-looking house

Gianni Botsford’s top floor flat in the neighbouring 19th century townhouse looked down on the uninspiring 1960s bungalow in Notting Hill. So he helped his neighbour transform the property into this spectacular (pictured) new sculptural-looking house

Swirling spruce ribs hold up the stunning copper roof. The copper-covered house built to replace a characterless bungalow the architect overlooked from his flat is now on the market for £5.95million

Swirling spruce ribs hold up the stunning copper roof. The copper-covered house built to replace a characterless bungalow the architect overlooked from his flat is now on the market for £5.95million

Swirling spruce ribs hold up the stunning copper roof. The copper-covered house built to replace a characterless bungalow the architect overlooked from his flat is now on the market for £5.95million

There is more to the striking new three-bedroom home, now on the market with Domus Nova, than meets the eye as it has two subterranean levels with a swimming pool inside and comfy area to relax close by

There is more to the striking new three-bedroom home, now on the market with Domus Nova, than meets the eye as it has two subterranean levels with a swimming pool inside and comfy area to relax close by

There is more to the striking new three-bedroom home, now on the market with Domus Nova, than meets the eye as it has two subterranean levels with a swimming pool inside and comfy area to relax close by

The property, now on the market for £5.95million is covered in copper, even in the kitchen, along with a combination of wood and marble, to give the property a stylish feel

The property, now on the market for £5.95million is covered in copper, even in the kitchen, along with a combination of wood and marble, to give the property a stylish feel

The property, now on the market for £5.95million is covered in copper, even in the kitchen, along with a combination of wood and marble, to give the property a stylish feel

The living space is completely glass-walled to the east and west and you can see the swirling spruce ribs holding up the spectacular copper roof

The living space is completely glass-walled to the east and west and you can see the swirling spruce ribs holding up the spectacular copper roof

The living space is completely glass-walled to the east and west and you can see the swirling spruce ribs holding up the spectacular copper roof

The property, that has three-bedrooms and an indoor swimming pool over two subterranean levels, has now gone on the market with Domus Nova.

The copper-clad roof will weather naturally over time. Inside copper, steel, wood and marble have been used to create a stylish home of angular precision and perfect joinery.

The entire kitchen console has been clad in copper, industrially polished to a high shine and on the ground floor the living space is completely glass-walled to the east and west.

The master bedroom is almost entirely clad in Douglas fir with a built-in bed frame and walk-in wardrobe and overlooks a glass-walled winter garden.

The marble bathroom in the unique property. The house has 2,769 sq ft of accommodation with an entrance hall and open-plan kitchen and reception room on the ground floor and another reception room

The marble bathroom in the unique property. The house has 2,769 sq ft of accommodation with an entrance hall and open-plan kitchen and reception room on the ground floor and another reception room

The marble bathroom in the unique property. The house has 2,769 sq ft of accommodation with an entrance hall and open-plan kitchen and reception room on the ground floor and another reception room

The living room leading into the open plan kitchen area covered in copper. The property also boasts an additional three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a swimming pool, hot tub and steam room underground

The living room leading into the open plan kitchen area covered in copper. The property also boasts an additional three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a swimming pool, hot tub and steam room underground

The living room leading into the open plan kitchen area covered in copper. The property also boasts an additional three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a swimming pool, hot tub and steam room underground

The mirror perfect copper reflects the rest of the building. A spokesman for estate agents Domus Nova, who are handling the sale, said: 'Pavilion is a home of distinction, a pioneering monument of contemporary design.'

The mirror perfect copper reflects the rest of the building. A spokesman for estate agents Domus Nova, who are handling the sale, said: 'Pavilion is a home of distinction, a pioneering monument of contemporary design.'

The mirror perfect copper reflects the rest of the building. A spokesman for estate agents Domus Nova, who are handling the sale, said: ‘Pavilion is a home of distinction, a pioneering monument of contemporary design.’

Another shot of the open planned living space with copper kitchen. A spokesman for estate agents added: 'There's really no way to prepare yourself for the staggering subterranean proportions that have been achieved beneath this former garden plot. The volume of living space at ground level divulges only a fraction of the entire house'

Another shot of the open planned living space with copper kitchen. A spokesman for estate agents added: 'There's really no way to prepare yourself for the staggering subterranean proportions that have been achieved beneath this former garden plot. The volume of living space at ground level divulges only a fraction of the entire house'

Another shot of the open planned living space with copper kitchen. A spokesman for estate agents added: ‘There’s really no way to prepare yourself for the staggering subterranean proportions that have been achieved beneath this former garden plot. The volume of living space at ground level divulges only a fraction of the entire house’

The steps descend to the underground area in the property that includes bedrooms, a swimming pool, hot tub and a steam room

The steps descend to the underground area in the property that includes bedrooms, a swimming pool, hot tub and a steam room

The steps descend to the underground area in the property that includes bedrooms, a swimming pool, hot tub and a steam room

The master bedroom is almost entirely clad in Douglas fir with a built-in bed frame and walk-in wardrobe and overlooks a glass-walled winter garden

The master bedroom is almost entirely clad in Douglas fir with a built-in bed frame and walk-in wardrobe and overlooks a glass-walled winter garden

The master bedroom is almost entirely clad in Douglas fir with a built-in bed frame and walk-in wardrobe and overlooks a glass-walled winter garden

As well as the swimming pool there is also hot tub and steam room underground. The roof which is made of copper will weather naturally over time

As well as the swimming pool there is also hot tub and steam room underground. The roof which is made of copper will weather naturally over time

As well as the swimming pool there is also hot tub and steam room underground. The roof which is made of copper will weather naturally over time

The house has 2,769 sq ft of accommodation with an entrance hall and open-plan kitchen and reception room on the ground floor and another reception room, three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a swimming pool, hot tub and steam room underground.

A spokesman for estate agents Domus Nova, who are handling the sale, said: ‘Pavilion is a home of distinction, a pioneering monument of contemporary design.

‘There’s really no way to prepare yourself for the staggering subterranean proportions that have been achieved beneath this former garden plot.

‘The volume of living space at ground level divulges only a fraction of the entire house.

‘The roof is the stuff of utopic architecture, showing off an expert understanding of artistry and function.

‘The undulating nature of the shape is extraordinary – it’s as though you’re standing beneath a giant wave that will never break.

‘Descending from the ground floor the striking staircase is met by a towering light well, which turns into a sort of hypnotic water feature when it rains.

‘It’s a real thing of beauty and the proportions of glass are enough to make you forget you’re underground.

‘It would be easy to forget you were in Notting Hill, or in a city at all.

‘The house is like a geode. Its interiors are unexpected from the outset and its proportions are so perfectly formed and exact; they rival those of a naturally-formed crystal.

‘Throughout, there’s an exemplary play between the natural world and the capabilities of cutting-edge, contemporary architecture, the rarity of which is amazing to see to such stunning capacity here in this unassuming Notting Hill garden.’

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