“Perfect house” architect dies of cancer

A British architect who designed what was once dubbed the “perfect house” in London has died of cancer at the age of 54.

Jonathan Woolf became one of his generation’s pre-eminent modernist architects and won a number of prestigious awards.

Brick Leaf House in North End Avenue, Hampstead, was designed for two Kenyan-born brothers in 2003 and came to be perceived by many in mainland Europe as representing “London architecture”.

Situated on the edge of Hampstead Heath, it combined two family residences with an indoor, swimming pool and atrium. It was listed in Channel 4 Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud’s “20 perfect houses”, and went on to win a RIBA Award and Civic Trust Award.