img(height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=2939831959404383&ev=PageView&noscript=1")

Mayfair House, London

Header Image

Schueco Excellence Awards 2014: Individual House. Entrant: Squire & Partners

The metal-clad façade, inspired by nearby Virginia creepers, is inset with Schueco window systems.
The metal-clad façade, inspired by nearby Virginia creepers, is inset with Schueco window systems.

The Virginia creeper growing on a nearby building proved the inspiration for Squire & Partners’ remarkable metal shingle façade of a new private house in the centre of London’s Mayfair. 

This highly expressive elevation, which comprises more than 4,000 folded aluminium leaves, was combined with a Schueco thermally broken casement window system – Schueco AWS 70 BS.HI – and the Schueco ADS 80 FR 60 E160 door system. Both were chosen for their slim profiles, level of finish and because the aluminium profiles matched the metal of the leaves. These were used with some modifications – there was an agreement with Schueco for larger than standard sizes of the taller windows on to the lightwells on the flank façades.

The project involved the retention of an 18th century façade in combination with a new building to create a five-bedroom house with a rooftop pavilion, two roof terraces, a swimming pool, cinema and gymnasium.

Judges enjoyed the original and highly-crafted elevational treatment.

‘There’s a sense of solidity. It bridges between the modern and traditional well, and uses apertures in a wall in a fresh way,’ says Deborah Saunt.

‘The detailing is very minimal and appropriate against the layered façade,’ says Paul Monaghan.

  • View through the living space to the roof terrace.
    View through the living space to the roof terrace.
  • The metal-clad façade, inspired by nearby Virginia creepers, is inset with Schueco window systems.
    The metal-clad façade, inspired by nearby Virginia creepers, is inset with Schueco window systems.
  • Shingle detail
    Shingle detail
123
Cill to bottom window
Cill to bottom window

Credits

Client: Central Investment Properties

Architect: Squire & Partners

Structural engineer: Heyne Tillett Steel 

Contractor: GPF Lewis

Cladding consultant: Tuchschmid

M&E: Wallace Whittle UK

Suppliers

 

 

Latest

Rory Chisholm’s fascination with courtyards – like ‘a simple clearing in the woods’ – produced the pencil and ink drawing of Manchester that netted him 1st winner, practitioner

Practitioner, 1st winner: Rory Chisholm

Eye Line entrants bared heart and soul with impassioned, thoughtful images

Eye Line entrants bared heart and soul with impassioned, thoughtful images

Annabelle Tan is Eye Line's stand-out 1st winner, student, for her exquisite drawings, depth and rigour, and ‘clear sense of spatial narrative’ laying traditional forms of Asian representation on the Romantic English landscape

Student, 1st winner: Annabelle Tan

Greenest ever Olympics claim is just greenwash say critics. Meanwhile, Liverpool’s loss of world heritage status sounds alarm bells for other UK sites, and architects remain unmoved by Jenrick’s unexpected praise

Critics reject Japan's sustainability claim and Unesco's heritage axe threatens more UK sites

Pu Zhang receives 2nd Winner, student, with charming compositions that ‘seem to lead you into the images’ using colour, light, tone and texture to evoke memories

Student, 2nd Winner: Pu Zhang