Cypher House David Wild



The overall form of Cypher House was dictated by the site: a plot, approximately 15 x 15 metres, the sum of two parcels of land at the rear of 65-66 Anson Road, each housing a garage on a plinth of made-up ground: the gardens being some 2 metres below pavement level.

Imperforate boundary walls on three sides implied a courtyard typology, for which a previous planning permission had been granted, with the further proviso that this should not be more than a single story, behind a continuation of the existing party wall at street level.

The satisfactory arrangement of accommodation within this limiting envelope proved anything but straightforward. However, the lower garden level meant that by using split level section, with a half basement at the front, a two storey volume could be incorporated at the front of the site, the section further provided the opportunity for a double height living space at the heart of the building. A 900mm module is used in plan and section, giving a generous 2.7 metre ceiling height to the single story spaces. Together with the full height doors and enfilade positioning, this offsets the otherwise limited plan space; allowing perception of the complete extent of the built volume in several places. A slot of space behind the street wall opens up at the south end to a courtyard, and offers an informal front garden entrance. The white render to this corner will reflect sunlight onto the stepped planting. The more formal internal courtyard on the east side is overlooked by three key spaces: Studio, Living and Kitchen. A combination of rooflights, casements, and borrowed light ensures all spaces are naturally lit from more than one source. The internal basement store, with one studio above, is linked to the second Studio by a short stair, forming a usefull buffer space to the overshadowed north side.

A dark blue semi-engineering brick is used throughout, with a 220mm external skin in english bond for the front facade. Anthracite powder coated EB24 metal windows, glass block, and bead blasted stainless steel door and gate panel, patinated zinc roofing and clearstory cladding complete a subdued palette sitting comfortably next to the mature planted gardens.



David Wild 2008


Cypher House Design Team

  Architect   David Wild
      44 Rochester Place

London NW1 9JX

      Tel: 020 7267 7126


  Executive Architect   Damian Maguire
      Sacks Maguire

155 Regents Park Road

      London NW1 8BB
      Tel: 020 7722 9298


  Consulting Engineer   Jane Wernick
      Jane Wernick Associates
      Unit 10d
      Printing House Yard, Hackney Road
      London E2 7PR
      Tel: 020 7749 1066




the Elements of Style An Encyclopedia of Domestic Architectural Detail. Stephen Calloway. Revised and updated by Alan Powers.

Revised 4th edition. Mitchell Beazley. 2012.

ISBN 978-1-84533-695-0

Contemporary Era: 1975 to present day. Cypher House illustrated on page 506 and text on page 504


David Wild Architecture Today Issue 201 September 2009 Cypher House


Architecture Today Issue 201 September 2009

Charles Rattray on the spatial sophistication of David Wild and Sacks Maguire's Cypher House. Photographs by Dennis Gilbert. 5 page article with13 colour illustrations and 5 drawings

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24 photographs of Cypher House by Dennis Gilbert on VIEW website


Cypher House David Wild Evening Standard 5 May 2010

"Evening Standard" Homes and Property 5 May 2010

Alan Powers' article on Cypher House. Centre 2 page spread The full article appears in the June 2010 issue of "House and Gardens"

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Cypher House - David Wild -  House and Gardens June 2010

"House and Gardens" June 2010

Alan Powers' article on Cypher House. Photographs by Chris Tubbs. 6 page article with 13 illustrations.

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  David Wild selected bibliography  
Miranda H. Newton Architect's London Houses
Miranda H. Newton. Architects' London Houses. The Homes of thirty architects since the 1930's. With selected original photographs by Matthew Weinreb. London. Butterworth Architecture. 1992. 8 page chapter on David Wild with 10 drawings and 4 photographs + 1 full page colour illustration  
Jonathan Glancey New British Architecture
Jonathan Glancey. New British Architecture. 172 illustrations , 24 in colour. London. Thames & Hudson. 1989. 4 page chapter on David Wild. 6 illustrations.  
Jonathan Glancey and Richard Bryant The New Moderns
Jonathan Glancey and Richard Bryant. The New Moderns. Interior Design and Architecture for the 1990s. London. Mitchell Beazley. 1990. 15 colour illustrations of David Wild's interiors ( 6 full page colour).  
John Welsh The Modern House
John Welsh. The Modern House. London. Phaidon Press 1995. 10 page chapter on David Wild, 10 illustrations (8 colour, 3 full page) + 8 drawings..  

David Wild

Fragments of Utopia - collage reflectionsof heroic modernism

London. Hyphen Press, 1998.   ISBN 0-907259-10-3

275 x 210mm, 112 pp, 127ills (111 colour, some double page). Paperback.



David Wild

jazzpaths - an american photomomento

London. Hyphen Press. 2011.   ISBN 978-0-907259-45-9

245 x 170mm, 112pp, 131 ills (65 colour, some double page). Boards