Artichoke House

Parsons Green, London

Artichoke House is to stand on an extremely tight site currently occupied by a garage and shed in Parsons Green. A basement is excavated to maximise the house's area whilst the upper floor is set well back from the boundary to satisfy the planning constraint that the house should not be overbearing to its neighbour.

In its external treatment the house mediates between the adjacent late 19th century terraced houses and its other neighbours – two blocks of mid-20th century social housing. The house's entrance is marked by a recessed lantern (which also enlivens the street) and a cast bas relief frieze depicting artichokes. Before the borough of Fulham was built up, it was of one of the most concentrated areas of market gardening in Britain, with artichokes being a staple crop. .