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Brief Published: 23 Mar 2012

At-Home Teenage Disco


Concerned about the safety and whereabouts of their teenage children, the married founders of London-based practice Hogarth Architects have installed a fully equipped nightclub in the basement of their West London home.

Taking the notion of at-home entertainment systems to a new level, Claire Farrow and Ian Hogarth have designed their home with a number of special features to keep both their offspring and themselves occupied. These include a sauna and a film screening room, as well as the high-specification “disco room” in the basement, which features a pulsing LED dance floor, DJ booth, and state-of-the-art sound system.

The couple’s aim was to keep their 12-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter under their roof to keep them out of harm’s way. This growing parental concern is resulting in a number of innovative architect-designed public and residential spaces for teenagers. See Stylus’ report The Teenage Domain for deeper insights into designing for this market.

Hogarth Architects