Author: Gregory Phillips



We have continued our collaboration with architectural photographer and video expert Mel Yates, exploring and expressing our passion for designing exceptional modern architecture, exploring how each design idea helps to solve the puzzle of building a unique contemporary home.

Gregory has recently used the series to take an in-depth look at our project in Totteridge, which was recently nominated for the RIBA London Regional Awards 2022.

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We currently have several projects on-site, as seen below:
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We are excited to continue reporting the progress of our new build house in Totteridge, as the project nears completion. 

This 5 bed single-storey home with an outdoor swimming pool, located in a London Conservation area, is fully heated via air source heat pumps, with electricity provided by PV solar panels.

The property has been designed to read as a pavilion within a lush landscape, aided by the reflective glass and dark tones.


We are also excited to see the assembly of the steel frame for our scheme at Stanmore Hill, an unequivocally contemporary home which makes the most of the site but one that is also modest in scale. The ground floor basement level is cut into the hillside creating terraces and planted areas which are punctuated with courtyards. This allows the house to maximise use of outside spaces and also minimise its visual intrusion into the surrounding Conservation Area.

We look forward to reporting on the progress of this project, as it progresses through construction.


We have also seen significant progress in the extension and refurbishment of our project at Blenkarne Road, Another scheme that is scheduled for completion in the near future. 


We create contemporary houses. We believe these can be luxurious and comfortable. Elegant and practical. Impressive and homely. Use traditional materials and be current. Be focussed on design and be energy efficient. Above all, created for your lifestyle to be the best home you can live in.

Currently, we are working on houses in the UK and Internationally.

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We are delighted to announce that our Totteridge Common Project has been shortlisted for the RIBA London Regional Awards 2022.

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We are delighted to announce that the family house we designed at Totteridge Common has been shortlisted for the RIBA London Awards 2022.

The house was designed to take advantage of the site’s North-South orientation. The front South side of the house faces the road and is made up of a series of solid volumes, with exaggerated deep window reveals. The rear, by contrast, is highly glazed with minimal structure beneath, allowing for uninterrupted views towards the surrounding green belt countryside.

It was important to ensure that the South sun, and quality of light, could be enjoyed in the winter. The design is focused on a single depth main family room, which takes advantage of light from both the front and rear. On the first floor, the windows are set deep into their reveals, so as not to overheat during the summer.

The fabric of the building, cladding, flooring, and windows, were carefully considered for quality and longevity. The building’s envelope is built to a high specification. Highly-insulated lightweight stud walls infill between the structural steel frame.

The house is unequivocally contemporary and contrasts to the surrounding traditional neighbouring properties, yet references the materials of the local area. Built predominantly of brick and timber, these materials are reimagined in a unique way.


We currently have numerous projects on-site, as seen below:
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We are excited to see our new build house in Totteridge nearing completion, with the installation of the kitchen and joinery well underway.


The excavation and construction of the basement at Stanmore has seen significant progress.



We create contemporary houses. We believe these can be luxurious and comfortable. Elegant and practical. Impressive and homely. Use traditional materials and be current. Be focussed on design and be energy efficient. Above all, created for your lifestyle to be the best home you can live in.

Currently, we are working on houses in the UK and Internationally.

Follow us on Instagram for updates.

September Newsletter

F A R M   H O U S E  –  K E N T  

R E M O D E L  &  E X T E N S I O N 

We are delighted to have been mentioned in this month’s Grand Design issue on our Grade II Listed Farm House Project in Sevenoaks, Kent.

July Newsletter

S O U T H  O F   E N G L A N D 

T E C H N I C A L   D E S I G N 
We delighted to be progressing through the technical design stage of one our most ambitious projects to date, a new built private estate in the south of England. The new contemporary estate will comprise of approximately 50,000 sqft of new accommodation, set within ten acres fo mature landscaping. The whole estate will include a main house, guest house, staff accommodation, pavilion and an equestrian centre. 
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T O T T E R I D G E  C O M M O N 

S I T E  P R O G R E S S 

We are very happy to see significant progress on our new build house in Totteridge. With the windows and doors having been delivered and installed the new dwelling is now fully waterproof. The installation of internal partitions as well as first fix services is now well underway. 

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R I C K M A N S W O R T H  

C O M P L E T E D 

We had the pleasure of visiting this recently completed contemporary dwelling in the heart of Rickmansworth, north London. We were appointed to produce the design as well as obtaining planning consent for this new dwelling. The house was designed to include four bedrooms, garage, gym, formal living areas as well a main open plan living area, all positioned around a south facing double height space. The Property also includes a large outbuilding situated at the end of garden containing an indoor pool and spa facilities. 

February Newsletter

T O T T E R I D G E  3 
N E W  B U I L D  H O U S E 

S I T E  P R O G R E S S 

A few photos of our third project in Totteridge. The project is progressing nicely through construction and the steel frame has now been assembled. 

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K N I G H T S B R I D G E 

D E S I G N   P R O P O S A L

We have recently been working on new design proposal for the remodel and refurbishment of a 2 storey apartment in Knightsbridge. The existing apartment provided a blank canvas, and therefore a unique opportunity to creatively reconfigure the spaces to be more aligned with the family’s requirements. 

B A T T E R S E A  

S I T E  P R O G R E S S 

The demolition and strip out of our Battersea project is well underway. We will be sharing more information on this exciting project as it progresses on site. 

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December Newsletter

H A P P Y   H O L I D A Y S   ! ! ! 

T H A N K  Y O U 

Gregory Phillips Architects wants to wish you a Happy Holiday season and prosperous New Year! Although this holiday season is unlike any other in the light of this years events, we hope you all have a safe and pleasant time.

It is in the spirit of this holiday that we extend our thanks to all those that have supported us throughout this unusual year. Best wishes for the upcoming year, and we look forward to working with you soon. 

T E S T I M O N I A L S  

“Thank you all for being part of this extremely talented team, the result is beyond our expectations. We feel extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to work with so many gifted people and our ‘new’ home certainly reflects this.” – Gregory Phillips’s Client

October Newsletter

A T H E R T O N    C A L I F O R N I A    

C O N C E P T   D E S I G N 

We have been commissioned to design a new build residence located in Atherton in the San Mateo County, California. The proposed dwelling is nestled amongst a forest landscape that provides both privacy along with dramatic views across the valley.

K N I G H T S B R I D G E   

C O M P L E T E D   A P A R T M E N T

More photographs of our recently completed apartment refurbishment in Knightsbridge. 

The final touches of the design included carefully selecting various pieces of furniture to match and complement the aesthetic of the newly renovated apartment. 

S T A R T   O N   S I T E 

T O T T E R I D G E   C O M M O N   2    
&    B A T T E R S E A

We are very excited to have both our Totteridge Common 2 project & Battersea project, starting on site this month. 

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August Newsletter

A R C H I T E C T   O F   T H E   Y E A R  

G R E G O R Y   P H I L L I P S   A R C H I T E C T S 

We are excited to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Architect of the Year Awards 2020 in the category Interior Architect of the Year.  

P L A N N I N G   C O N S E N T   

P R I V A T E   R E S I D E N C E 

“We are delighted to have achieved planning permission for a significant new-build private estate in the South of England. 
One of our most ambitious projects to date – the new contemporary estate will comprise of approximately 50,000 sq ft of new accommodation, set within ten acres of mature landscaping. 
The whole estate will be new-build construction and comprise of a main house, guest house, staff accommodation, pavilion and an equestrian centre. Each building will be built to an exemplary quality, using high-quality materials including water-struck long bricks, metal and timber cladding and natural stone”

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P A L O   A L T O 

R E M O D E L   &   E X T E N S I O N  

We have recently been working on the design proposal for the remodel and extension of an existing dwelling in Palo Alto, California. 

In this project for a developer the square footage has been substantially increased while also creating a coherent and harmonious piece of architecture. 

The existing house has been comprehensively enhanced and extended to take advantage of its spectacular site to provide a striking contemporary family home. A double height extension will be added onto the house to form a central ‘great room’ with formal living, dining and library spaces, while a brand new basement level is equipped with spa, gym and cinema spaces. The property will also include a newly designed garage complex, annex building and pool house which is strategically designed to complement the existing house and sloping landscape.   



More photos of our recently completed project located in north London.

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June Newsletter

T O T T E R I D G E                 

N E W    B U I L D    H O U S E 
Totteridge is a striking new-build contemporary house in a London conservation area. This substantial property is designed as a long-term family home, replacing an existing dated bungalow that the clients had lived in for years. 

The design is unequivocally contemporary, and contrasts to the surrounding traditional neighbouring properties – yet references the materials of the local area. Built predominantly of brick and timber, these materials are reimagined in a unique way – where brickwork is suspended above a lightweight timber and glass ground floor. This playful juxtaposition of the construction creates a distinctive and high-quality aesthetic that is used both inside and out.

More photos to come and follow us on instagram for updates. 

May Newsletter

C O V I D – 1 9    U P D A T E
At Gregory Phillips Architect work has moved online and into our homes, otherwise it is business as usual. We are keeping in touch with each other and our amazing clients through online platforms. Work on site has recommenced and survey companies are carrying digital surveys so that we can commence design work. Local authorities are processing planning applications and most manufacturers have restarted production. 

In the mean time we will continue to adhere to our core beliefs, to create beautiful contemporary designs, individually tailored to each client’s taste and requirements. If you would like to talk to Gregory or one our Architects about design possibilities. Contact us at or call us  0044 (0) 20 7724 3040. 

Thank you so much for your support. Please stay safe and take care.


N E W    B U I L D    H O U S E 
Rainy day at our almost complete new build house in Totteridge, with very happy clients, it is very existing to see the final touches going in. The landscape has been installed and is beginning to set within its surrounding.  Landscaping is a vital aspect to any project, we believe that any landscape design should be balanced and unified to complement the look and feel of a building. 

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T O T T E R I D G E   2

N E W    B U I L D    D W E L L I N G 
Our New Build single storey dwelling and artist studio in Totteridge is progressing nicely through detailed design. We are currently looking at the internal design and specifications for project. During this stage we use 3D renders to make the process of designing easier. By creating life-like images for our clients, we give them an idea of what we hope to achieve with the design at a glance. This enables us to close the gap between what we are thinking and what the client sees in their mind. 

April Newsletter

K N I G H T S B R I D G E                            

C O M P L E T E D    A P A R T M E N T                                      

We have recently completed the extensive refurbishment and complete strip-out of a Knightsbridge apartment. The existing apartment layout was cleverly reconfigured to make the most of the given areas while considering the clients’ needs and requirements. This refurbishment included the renewal of most of the mechanical and electrical services taking into consideration the constraints of working within an existing building.  With exceptional views of Hyde Park as well as the rest of London, the apartment has three bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and an open plan living, dining and kitchen space. 

M A T E R I A L I T Y  

Through attention to detail, proportion and scale, we designed a layout which complements and respects the character of the existing building. The palette of materials and detailing creates a contemporary aesthetic. Finally, to provide functionality as well as clearness within each of the spaces we included floor to ceiling cabinets throughout the apartment, hidden behind finely crafted panelling.


We are currently co-ordinating the delivery and installation of the selected furniture for the apartment. We have chosen the furniture not only to complement the aesthetics achieved in the architecture, but to also reflect the clients’ taste.

Stay posted for the final reveal and follow us on instagram for continued updates.

O N   S I T E  –  T O T T E R I D G E

N E W    B U I L D    H O U S E 

Our new build house in Totteridge is nearing completion. Follow us on instagram for updates 

T O T T E R I D G E   2

N E W    B U I L D    D W E L L I N G 
We are progressing with Detailed Design of an exciting New Build single storey dwelling and artist studio in Totteridge. Designed to maximise extensive views of the landscape and solar gains on the site, the house will have lesser demand for space heating during the winter months. An overhanging roof will reduce solar gain and keep the spaces cool during the summer months. We’ll be posting updates as the job progresses to site.

January Newsletter

N E W W O R K – L O S A N G E L E S

Gregory Phillips Architects have been commissioned to design a new build residence overlooking the ocean in Malibu. Currently at Concept Design Stage.

O N S I T E – T O T T E R I D G E


Our new build house in Totteridge is nearing completion. Follow us on instagram for updates

H A M P S T E A D  –  L O N D O N 


The Material Palette of our Hampstead Project (Refurbishment, Basement and extension) sought to incorporate contrasting materials both in terms of colour and texture. A palette of dark honed stones, beautifully lustrous silks, aged bronze metalwork and dark stained timber with natural warmth coming through were compiled to create a luxurious, striking architectural interior.



We are progressing with Detailed Design of an exciting New Build single storey dwelling and artist studio in Totteridge. Designed to maximise extensive views of the landscape and solar gains on the site, the house will have lesser demand for space heating during the winter months. An overhanging roof will reduce solar gain and keep the spaces cool during the summer months. We’ll be posting updates as the job progresses to site.

September Newsletter

We spent last week shooting a recently completed modern extension to an old farmhouse in Kent. Gregory’s portrait (shot at the project), will feature in the Modern Man section of the next Issue of Angelino I Modern Luxury Magazine in LA.
Professional photos of the whole project to follow.  In the meantime , here are some photos of the shoot taken by our team to show how we created a modern piece of architecture which successfully creates an open plan kitchen and living space linking the grade II listed home and existing barn while maximising views of the beautiful 70acre grounds beyond.
Professional interior shots will also be released. The approach aimed to create a ‘modern farmhouse’ look to suit the clients brief and lifestyle.

August Newsletter

Creating an Architectural Journey that begins the moment you enter the property is a key element of the success of our award winning homes.

A meandering driveway leads to this new house . Announced by an external reflecting pool and flanked by monolithic garden walls, it leads to a central courtyard completely encircled by walling and out-buildings. This parti, inspired by the traditional country house with rear courtyard and stabling, ensures that the picturesque open site, remains unobstructed. Entrance to the house is via a covered walkway which crosses the reflecting pool and into a breath-taking double height entrance space. The internal layout of the house provides four wings of accommodation oriented to provide the best daylight, views and interaction with the surroundings.
Inspired by traditional country houses with adjoining stable yards, the layout of this home in Berkshire evolved from a simple diagram incorporating a protected centralised courtyard flanked by glazed single-aspect rooms affording magnificent countryside views.  The extensive contemporary flint-work used within the courtyard reinterprets the flint-work within the surrounding village, and in particular the medieval church that is within view of the property.  Entry to the house itself is made by crossing an enclosed reflecting pool leading into a double height space, where the architectural journey continues.
A selection of interior shots of some of our recent work.

June Newsletter

Dissolving boundaries, drawing buildings and gardens together – assummer arrives, we share images of spaces we have designed to maximise light and connection with the surrounding landscape.

New projects – We have lots of exciting projects on our drawing boards at the moment throughout the UK and LA. Watch this space.

Los Angeles, British American Business Council – Gregory is on a panel in LA promoted by the British American Business Council. Wednesday, May 29 from 6 pm to 8 pm, Christopher Guy Showroom (8900 Beverly Blvd. Suite 108)

Meet the panelists:

Gregory Phillips – Born in London, Gregory Phillips trained at Bristol University and Glasgow’s Mackintosh School of Architecture. In 1991, he established Gregory Phillips Architects with the aim of bringing a unique holistic approach to high-end residential design. Over the last 25 years, he has integrated his unique brand of elegant, refined modernism within country retreats, city homes, period properties and contemporary architecture.

Gregory’s talent, professionalism and discretion has attracted a loyal following of discerning clients, from film directors and fashion designers to art collectors and city financiers.

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Ina Soltani – A Los Angeles based celebrity designer who took the fashion scene by storm. Her designs has been worn by Hollywood Celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Biel, Kristen Stewart, Cindy Crawford, Miley Cyrus, Kerry Washington, Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria and Jessica Chastain, to name a few.

She pursued a variety of design-related fields in film, acting, and jewelry design. Eventually she turned her energy to another theatrical pursuit: fashion. She subsequently graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and started her own label.

A finalist of the 2009 Fashion Group International Rising Star Award, Ina Soltani’s designs are strongly inspired by the dramatic narratives of artisan traditions, and deep appreciation of the arts and crafts. Her collections are passionate and glamorous filled with high drama and mystique. Influences are as varied as they are complex, from her upbringing in Sarajevo to a profound respect for the contemporary art and design of the world.

Ina has been developing her collection with private clients and building retail partners for her business. She recently designed and help refine the staff uniforms at the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills and partnered with the “Race to Erase MS” event to create a handbag to help raise funds for the charity. She has shown her collection on the runway of LA Fashion week to favorable reviews by the LA Times. Currently, she lives and works in Los Angeles.

Ralf Knoll – A Los Angeles based interior designer that founded Knoll Interiors in 2003. A versatile and exciting firm with widely acclaimed projects ranging from a light filled Malibu beach home, to a sumptuous bohemian hotel, and classical Bel Air homes. Knoll Interior’s attention to detail, craftsmanship and quality sustainable materials extends to custom furniture, installations, and innovative solutions which caters to his client’s lifestyle and needs.

Inspired by a range of styles from traditional to modern and contemporary, art to nature-vivid juxtapositions of color, texture and object, Knoll Interiors reflects Ralf’s romantic and bold vision as well as his translation of his client’s personality into their living environment.

Recent projects include Le Petit Hermitage hotel, an avant-garde ode to renaissance; A circus theater nightclub at Beacher’s Madhouse in the MGM Grand Hotel Las Vegas; A Fortune 500 company headquarters; And a 5th Avenue NYC penthouse.

Knoll Interiors have earned a firm place in Vogue magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Travel & Leisure, National Geographic, and the Huffington Post. 

May Newsletter

Grade II listed Farmhouse – We have just completed full refurbishment and extension to a Grade II listed farmhouse and barn in Kent. We reconfigured the Ground Floor plan and added a stunning new contemporary extension to link the house and existing barn. Photos of the house and extension are to follow. However, in the meantime, we’d like to share some images of the indoor pool which was refurbished (from an elaborate romanesque bath type style to modern simplicity!) along with a photo our client took of his new home in the brief period of snow we experienced in the UK this winter.

Brickwork – Attention to detail at its finest – every one of the bricks in the photos below has been set out on a drawing by Gregory Phillips Architects. The same brick laid in a different pattern will add texture and interest to the facade of this new build home in Totteridge. Its always amazing to see our drawings come to life!

Los Angeles – In contrast to the snowy picture above, our designs for new build houses in LA are progressing nicely. Great opportunities to play with sunlight and shadows and make the most of ocean views!

To watch our Berkshire House as featured on Channel 4 House of the year click here

A selection of our award winning projects….