Flat C/Architecture's 'Hidden House' looks relatively modest on first blush, but it's the history behind the home that makes it stand out from the others in the area. Nestled into London's Clerkenwell neighborhood, Hidden House sits atop the vaults of a 19th century prison called the Clerkenwell House of Detention.
Originally built in 1847, the Clerkenwell House of Detention's vaults — now affectionately known as the 'Clerkenwell Catacombs' — have been used as a tourist attraction thanks to their eerie backstory. Though Flat C/Architecture's Hidden House is pleasingly bright (far from what someone might associate with a catacomb,) the studio nonetheless paid homage to the history of the site through the house's facade. That facade is made of reclaimed London stock brick, a historical material that helps it to blend in with the surrounding architecture.