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Peak Property of Primrose Hill

27.04.21

Abode2 takes a look at the stunning Primrose Hill home, Eglon House. With its design and interiors as spectacular, creative and unique as former resident, Tim Burton.

Eglon House in Primrose Hill, the former London home of award-winning movie director, producer and writer Tim Burton, is a magnificent architect designed, five-bedroom house providing 13,000 square foot of live/work accommodation and leisure facilities including a swimming pool, sauna and steam room, the dramatic interiors and full height cold pressed bronze windows and feature glass brick facades inspired by Pierre Chareau’s iconic Maison de Verre in Paris: for sale via Aston Chase.

One of the most extraordinary new houses to built in Primrose Hill in living memory, Eglon House is located in a discreet gated mews, known as Eglon Mews, located in the heart of Primrose Hill. Designed in collaboration with architectural practice Chassay Last Architects and design house Russell Sage Studio it consists of two interlinked buildings which sit opposite one another across a private central garden courtyard, with the pair joined at lower ground floor level.

Best known for his gothic fantasy films such as Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Sleepy Hollow (1999) and superhero movies such as Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) American film director Tim Burton, rented Eglon House for a number of years from 2016, using the property as his London home, with part of the accommodation used as his creative studio where he completed the 2019 Film Dumbo for Disney.

Benefiting from spacious open plan interiors, generous ceiling heights and floor-to-ceiling glazing or glass bricks on all floors, the East and West wings of Eglon House look onto the central garden courtyard and provide substantial accommodation over lower ground, ground and two upper floors.

The east wing of Eglon House has on the lower and ground level a dramatic double-height grand salon – which recalls the Art Deco hall at Eltham Palace - with an upper galleried level containing the kitchen and breakfast room and dining room. On the lower level the salon leads into the leisure suite which includes the swimming pool that doubles as a cinema room, with a mechanical floor and waterproof screen, alongside a leisure room and gym with a purpose designed cocktail bar.

The first floor of the east wing offers over 2,000 square foot of space which has currently been configured as the principal bedroom suite. The second floor provides a glazed ‘orangery’ that would work well as a large home office space.

The west wing of Eglon House has a more intimate feel and Art Deco ambience. The ground floor contains a double height living room and kitchen, opening onto the courtyard. On the upper floors of the west wing there is a study, three further bedrooms, a walk-in dressing room and a bathroom. Eglon House has a passenger lift connecting all floors and staircases in the west and east wings.

When Tim Burton was living at Eglon House, he utilised the east wing of the house to write and produce Dumbo and the west wing to provide accommodation for executives and staff working on the film. This underlines the highly flexible space and uses of Eglon House which could be used as both a home and business base for a business owner including a creative studio for a film director, advertising/media firm or private family office/financial entity.

The site of Eglon House has a fascinating history, originally serving as stables and barns which were utilised in World War I to manufacture shell casings. The site was then used by Express Dairies to service the milk production from cows who grazed on Primrose Hill up until the 1950s. In the 1970’s it was converted into the world-renowned Mayfair Recording Studios where the likes of David Bowie, The Clash, Oasis, The Smiths, Tina Turner and Pink Floyd made and recorded hit records.

After six years of design and construction Eglon House was completed in 2016 with its design inspired by Pierre Chareau’s iconic Maison de Verre in Paris (built from 1928-1932), meaning ‘House of Glass’ located in Paris, which pioneered the modern style of architecture, combined living accommodation and commercial space and used glass, glass blocks and steel and a juxtaposition of “industrial” features with a more traditional style of home décor.

Despite many similarities with Chareau’s Maison de Verre, Eglon House was created largely by English craftsman with features including a staircase made from pitch-pine and grout mixed with Portland stone. Elsewhere Lebanese cedar is combined with elegantly patinated Italian marble with other details such as a bespoke custom-designed kitchen, museum-grade bronze track lighting, walls reinforced to take heavy large format artworks and solar PV matting set into the triple-glazed roof lights so that it simultaneously reduces any glare from the sun and generates energy.

Howard Kayman, Associate Director at Aston Chase says: “There is a prescience in the design of Eglon House in how it meets the demands of the world we now find ourselves in. It combines large lateral studio spaces with intimate residential parts and successfully blurs the boundary between the two. Director Tim Burton lived and worked in the space for several years, basing his creative studio there for the production of his Dumbo remake. A space like this is a rarity in Prime Central London.”

Mark Pollack, Co-Founding Director at Aston Chase says: “Elgon House is a unique home without a parallel in London. Secreted away at the foot of a peaceful mews, located in the very heart of Primrose Hill, the property is ideal for the growing number of super-prime buyers who favour maintaining a low profile in preference to the visibility afforded by some of London’s more obvious destinations for substantial homes. The property comprises of 13,000 square foot of accommodation split over two interlinked wings and in doing so provides remarkable versatility enabling either living and work spaces so that the property can be utilised as either a large private house, a home and office or living quarters in conjunction with a creative studio. Eglon House is one of a kind and represents a perfect opportunity for a discerning purchaser who values their privacy and the ability to have flexible living/work accommodation.”

Russell Sage, Founder & Executive Creative Director at Russell Sage Studio says: “Working on Eglon House with a such a collaborative team of designers and highly skilled makers was a really positive experience. Having the chance to use fabrics designed by Henry Moore and re-execute some of Pierre Chareau’s furniture was an excellent, rare opportunity. I love the house because it finds the ideal balance and fluidity for living and working environments that weave in and out of one another effortlessly; so much more important in the world we now find ourselves.”

Elgon House is situated within moments of the open green space at Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park as well as the shops and restaurants located in Primrose Hill.

Eglon House is on sale for £20,000,000 with Aston Chase and is also available to let via Aston Chase for £15,000 per week. For further information please contact Aston Chase on Tel: +44 (0)20 7724 4724 or visit www.astonchase.com

(Photo Credit: Tony Murray Photography)

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