Tim Burton’s Lantern-Like London Rental Now Selling for £20 Million

An industrial-style mansion in London’s Primrose Hill, which was recently rented by film director Tim Burton, is on sale for £20 million (US£27.8 million) and available to rent for £15,000 a week.

Eglon House is an art deco-style, live/work property with glass-block facades and cold-pressed bronze windows, inspired by Pierre Chareau’s 1930s Maison de Verre (House of Glass) in Paris. It lies on the site of a former recording studio, which hosted the likes of David Bowie, Tina Turner and Pink Floyd.

Featuring concrete ceilings, exposed structural elements, open-plan layouts and the appearance of a glowing lantern at night, Eglon House looks as though it was made for Mr. Burton. The property comprises two interconnected buildings separated by a courtyard and features a double-height grand salon, an indoor pool that doubles as a cinema room and an elevator to all levels. 

According to selling agent Aston Chase, the U.S.-born director rented the home for three years from 2016, a few months after it was built.

Set across two buildings, with 13,000 square feet of living space, the five-bedroom London property proved useful for Mr. Burton. He utilized the east wing of the house to write and produce the 2019 movie “Dumbo” and the west wing to provide accommodation for executives and staff working on the film, according to Aston Chase.

Eglon House’s larger, east wing has a fully glazed facade with glass block sections, which recalls the industrial-style architecture of Maison de Verre. It has a central grand salon with a sweeping galleried level containing a professional kitchen and dining room. The first floor has a primary bedroom suite with a copper roll top bath, while the second floor features a living room and orangery. 

The west wing, meanwhile, is a smaller, more intimate building, with an art deco atmosphere. It has a grid-like steel frame, a glass facade, and a ground floor with a double-height living room and kitchen, which open onto the courtyard. The two upper floors contain three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a study, according to the sales details.

A sculptural bathtubTony Murray Photography

There is a further bedroom and bathroom in the basement, alongside a pool which has a mechanical floor and waterproof screen, allowing it to function as a cinema room. Elsewhere, it has a staircase made from pitch-pine and grout mixed with Portland stone, Lebanese cedar combined with patinated Italian marble and a bespoke kitchen.

“There is a prescience in the design of Eglon House in how it meets the demands of the world we now find ourselves in,” said Howard Kayman, associate director of Aston Chase. “It combines large lateral studio spaces with intimate residential parts and successfully blurs the boundary between the two. A space like this is a rarity in prime central London.”

Eglon House was briefly listed late last year but was removed from the market.. It was relaunched with Aston Chase last week with dressed interiors. Prior to that, the home was last for sale in 2018 for £21 million with The Modern House.

Designed by architecture practice Chassay & Last, with Russell Sage design studio, the property took six years to build from scratch and was completed in 2016 with steel beam, glass and concrete elements. Mostly created by English craftspeople, it is set on a cobbled courtyard now known as Eglon Mews, which was once home to the Mayfair Recording Studios, formerly stables and barns.

Eglon House is a homage to Maison de Verre, a modernist masterpiece known for being a pioneer of the live/work concept. It employed 1930s construction methods for the exposed shuttered concrete ceilings, and, like its Paris predecessor, there are visible structural elements, such as exposed steel beams with expressed mechanical bolts. It even features some of Chareau’s furniture and light fittings, according to the listing details.

Article Source: Mansion Global