Hampstead Architects → Your local architects
We believe each client is special and has a story to tell. We listen to your needs and do what it takes to meet your expectations. Combining our energy, knowledge and talents to deliver fantastic client care and strive to develop relationships that make a positive difference to your lives.
Located in North London, XUL Architecture is a commercially minded, client centred architecture practice. We are efficient and responsive, and put particular focus on the client’s experience as well as in finding ingenious ways of bringing light into architecture.
For over 10 years we have been busy designing and taking our clients projects from their initial sketch through to their successful completion – including project management and interior design.
Hampstead Architects → Architecture driven by collaboration and lateral thinking
We believe in constant improvement and encourage change. Our lateral thinking allows us to creatively overcome challenges. Our motto is ‘there is always another way’! We always like to explore alternative design solutions as well as finding the right strategy to suit your needs.
We pride ourselves on having a unique outlook that combines our passion for enhancing our clients’ lives, with the ingenious use of abundant natural light; all whilst keeping the practicalities of the project and the realities of the budget in mind.
Hampstead Architects → 200+ Projects Completed
Our team is comprised of people from all parts of the world, giving us a rich breadth of experience, cultural background, depth of talent and diversity of thoughts. This is accompanied by the added value of having a can do attitude when in front of any challenge. And of course, you can be involved in this creative process as much as you want to be. Design is a dynamic and interactive process!
Hampstead Architects → Inspired by natural light for better living
Our extensive research is based around finding ways in which we can bring more natural light into architecture. This has a positive impact on spatial quality, sustainability, well-being, productivity and creativity.
Hampstead Architects → About XUL Architecture
Our clients are at the core of everything we do here. That’s why we have a dedicated team assigned to each project which will manage things on your behalf.
The RIBA Chartered team will include a Director as well as an experienced ARB Registered Architect and an Architectural Assistant/ Designer. All our staff are talented professionals with a vast amount of experience, covering a range of projects from large commercial buildings abroad, to award winning listed residential properties right here in London.
All projects are reviewed regularly by our Directors. We formally review every project in our Monday morning meetings and then go back over them as required throughout the week.
Our Office Manager is always available to help organise meetings, request quotes and provide support throughout your project.
We have invested greatly into putting a number of systems in place to make sure things run as smoothly as possible so we can spend time providing you with an exceptional service.
Hampstead Architects → What our clients say
Five star service *****
“A totally professional and very approachable team who are so easy to deal with. We had numerous meetings until everything we wanted was put down on paper. Would definitely use this firm again.”
Would 100% recommend
“We looked at four different architects because we were unsure of how much XUL had done in the Hampstead Garden Suburbs. Other practices were way behind in creativity and presentation. XUL saw things that others didn’t and saw the potential of the house. The turn-around time was also exceptional. If I had to do it all again, they would be my architects.”
—Julliette and Michael Overlander
Fantastic Architecture practice
“They get the balance right between listening to brief, stretching ideas and sticking to budget constraints. I would wholeheartedly recommend. They are a delight to deal with!”
A trustworthy and highly creative company
“We experienced XUL as a thoroughly dependable and trustworthy creative team which acted as a supportive partner throughout the project we worked on together. Sebastian got involved in every aspect of the process, and the external consultants he brought in were consistently excellent, contributing greatly to the results achieved. I recommend XUL for any architectural project you may be considering: you will get more than you imagine, including a fulfilling and enjoyable relationship with some deeply committed and creative people.”
Hampstead Architects → Thinking of Moving to Hampstead?
A refined, gorgeous, yet trendy suburb, with a rich history of academics, artists, and architecture, Hampstead has, for a long time now, been one of the most undeniable attractive corners of London. It has a reputation for affluence and taste and, as such, individuals, families and businesses alike vie to find their place in this hub of style, culture, and influence.
From the Edwardian architecture found throughout the suburb to the high-end eateries, prestigious brand stores, and chic coffee shops, Hampstead is a place for appreciating the finer shop of life. It also thrives on local produce and business, such as classy pups, cheesemakers, and butchers that lend a real feeling of community.
The history of Hampstead
Before its incorporation as a London suburb, Hampstead was a relatively modest village. With the population boom in the early 20th century, it became much more connected with London proper, including housing the University College School and new links to the London rail network. However, careful planning and architecture preserved much of the identity of its hedge-lined streets, Edwardian architecture, and open space, which lends it some of its most attractive lasting attributes to this day.
Living in Hampstead
As it is in such high-demand, house prices can be high in Hampstead, though there is a wide diversity of different properties. Edwardian homes, cottages, and multi-roomed Victorian estates line the roads. However, spacious flats and penthouses have been added since. Property prices can range from anywhere between £335,000 to over £5mil on average, while rents around £711. While living there may never be cheap, Hampstead has a health jobs economy of its own, with retail and development both thriving in the area, while locals run many independent businesses such as cafes, restaurants, boutique stores, music venues, and so on.
What to see and do
A lot of the attraction of both visiting and living in Hampstead comes from simply making your way around and taking in the gorgeousness of the meticulously planned suburbs, especially the wide range of preserved Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Overlooking the town from Parliament Hill with a picnic or getting into such lovingly maintained regency buildings like the Kenwood House can keep you busy enough.
Hampstead is one of the more car-friendly parts of London, though parking, as ever, can still be difficult to find. However, the transportation links with the city are diverse and incredibly useful, with bus links to Victoria, Trafalgar Square, Kings Cross, Waterloo and Brent Cross. The Hampstead underground train station connects you to the rest of London easily for those in need of a commute. To get around the area, however, you could join the rest of the locals who take a bike to be both a little more sustainable in their travel, as well as to bask in the aesthetic of the neighbourhood.
Finding a place in Hampstead can be the hardest part of living there, with property prices on the competitive side and plenty of people to compete with them. When you get there, however, that peaceful, communal pace of life can let all those worries drift away quite easily.