Mews House, UK

white brick facade private house door window front view Mews House
Mews House, United Kingdom © Rory Gardiner

Architects Russell Jones Architects, UK
Location London, UK
Construction period November 2014 - October 2015
Nomination category Feeling at home
Purpose Housing
Usable floor area 68 m²
Brick type Facing bricks

In the Highgate area of London, architects converted a former mews house into a new residential property. They planned to build a two-storey house with an area of 70 square metres on a site of a mere 90 square meters. The challenge was to avoid introducing spatial upheaval and to focus on the essential. Downstairs, there is a living room with a kitchen that provides access to a small courtyard, which features special details such as niches for decorative elements. On the first floor, there are two small rooms with space-saving built-in furniture and a bathroom. For the construction of the walls,  the architects used yellowish bricks with an extravagant surface, which was covered in a grey-white mortar. The architects carefully positioned the windows to bring enough light into the house, which is surrounded by other multi-storey buildings, while ensuring privacy. The whole building is characterised by clever details like bright wood or colour-matched elements. Thanks to precise planning, the architects accomplished the very best with this small space.

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