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Mews House, South Kensington

creativemass's robust and elegant refurbishment extends a tiny building upwards and down

Mews House.
Mews House. Credit: David Butler

Mews House, South Kensington
creativemass for private client
Contract value: Confidential
GIA: 69m2

This ambitious refurbishment of a two-storey mews house in South Kensington dextrously reworks a tiny building to good effect.

The property's wedge-shaped footprint had significant constraints, only one metre wide at its narrowest and bounded by adjacent properties and garden walls on three of its four sides. The architects extended upwards and down. A new roof structure and rejig of the upper floor level freed up space to insert a partial roof-lit mezzanine above the kitchen leading to a mini terrace.

A new, full, basement level creates space for a well-lit second bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. The design is robust, well-considered and elegant throughout, from the glazed screens on the relocated staircase to the careful flush detailing of doors, giving a sense of openness without compromising privacy.

  • Mews House.
    Mews House. Credit: David Butler
  • Mews House.
    Mews House. Credit: David Butler
  • Mews House.
    Mews House. Credit: David Butler
  • Mews House.
    Mews House. Credit: David Butler
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