Architect: Norman Plastow
This wonderful example of a Mid Century Modern house was designed by the architect Norman Plastow in 1961 and can be found on a quiet residential road in Wimbledon.
There are numerous appealing aspects to this detached, three bedroom house but perhaps the primary one is the superb double-height, largely-glazed living room with its original timber ceiling – a room of rare quality that fills with light. The level gardens, as well, are of particular note – the rear one reaching 59ft in length and the front garden ensuring that the house is set back from the main street giving it a good degree of privacy and tranquility. This is a house that has been intelligently designed by Plastow to create an uplifting sense of space throughout. The rooms are bright and airy and all have garden views.
The house is entered via a spacious porch and entrance hall. These lead in one direction to the integral garage, and in the other to living room, which forms an open plan space with the dining room. The living room overlooks, and has direct access to, the pretty rear garden. The dining room leads through to a kitchen that overlooks the front garden.
A set of open tread ‘floating’ stairs – one of the finest details of the property – leads to the first floor. Here can be found three bedrooms (one with an en suite bathroom) and a family bathroom.
Outside space includes a short drive at the front of the property that leads to the integral garage and provides off-street parking space. A front garden area sits next to the drive. At the rear is a 59ft level garden which has been planted to ensure privacy. There is a cedarwood summer house (with a power supply) in the garden which could potentially function as a home office or games room.
Norman Plastow was a noted Wimbledon architect who originally designed this house, built in the former grounds of a neighbouring property, for his own occupation. He ended up selling it, however, soon after the build was completed to the current owner. The new owners embraced what was then quite a radical design with enthusiasm and furnished it with appropriately contemporary furniture. The distinguished look of the furnished house led to press attention and it was featured comprehensively in House Beautiful (amongst other publications) which commented on “the beauty of simplicity” in the design. A copy of the original article can be found in the History section. In 1986 the owners asked Plastow to design a small extension to the first floor, which now houses the ensuite bathroom.
The house is well located on the desirable Arterberry Road. A quiet, residential street characterised by large, detached houses, it provides excellent access to the green space of Wimbledon Common and to Wimbledon Village.
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In April 1964 the house (called ‘Menelaus’ after an ancient Greek king) was published in ‘House Beautiful’ with a set of wonderful pictures and a glowing write up:
“Norman Plastow, ARIBA, has achieved an arresting design with an unusually spacious and elevating effect; plus a good garden back and front.”
An extract from the article is illustrated above.