Box and walk-on rooflights from Glazing Vision enhance the extensive roof terrace and of a luxurious Mayfair house by AB Associates
AB Associates recently completed a the reconstruction of a luxurious mews house on Farm Street, Mayfair. Glazing Vision box and walk-on rooflights were specified to enhance the roof terrace and bring natural light into the spacious interior.
The residence, which is situated in a prime real estate and conservation area of London, is an exceptional example of stunning architecture and elegant, contemporary interiors. Whilst adding a majestic character to the mews itself with its dark brick facade and impactful balcony, the modest outer appearance belies the size of the residence internally. Following the demolition of the former mews house and two years of construction, which had even necessitated underpinning the neighbouring houses, the property accommodates a basement with indoor pool, lower ground floor with cinema room, open plan living and dining space, two floors of bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as additional terraced balconies.
Keeping the interiors bright and airy throughout was key to the design concept. Floor to ceiling windows and Flushglaze walk-on rooflights from Glazing Vision were installed to maximise the daylight where it would have been otherwise compromised on the ground and second floors. In addition, a Glazing Vision three wall box rooflight provides unimpeded access from an internal staircase to the impressive roof terrace, which is recessed down 1 1/2metres between two pitched roofs and which offers a vast outdoor space for entertaining, dining and relaxing.
Two Flushglaze walk-on rooflights were specified to negate the risk of potential dark spots appearing in the dining and living areas on the ground floor. Engineered by Glazing Vision to bespoke sizes and to withstand the projected foot traffic, they have been seamlessly integrated into the balconies terrace on the second floor, thus flooding light through to the bench seating in the kitchen and lounge. Their minimal internal framework is in keeping with the contemporary aesthetic of the interior, and both rooflights augment the quality and quantity of light entering this open plan area, even extending out towards the central stairwell and landing.
Two further custom-sized Flushglaze walk-on rooflights add an intricate design detail to the roof terrace and create a wow factor. Perfect for flat roof terraces, these rooflights lie flush with the wooden decking. Again tested to allow for regular foot traffic and to bear the weight of terrace furniture, the rooflights offer complete safety and watertight integrity. On the second floor below, the two windowless bathrooms are flooded with the light coming through these rooflights – indeed such is the brightness of these rooms that privacy blinds have been installed for occasional use.
Seeking to optimise the 4m x 8m roof space AB Associates specified Glazing Vision’s three wall box rooflight, which would offer easy access all year round to the roof terrace and also provide a contemporary glass feature. To accommodate this a timber box frame was built which abuts the exposed brick wall behind. The property’s imposing central staircase provides access to the box rooflight, which in turn maximises the light falling down the stairwell to the bottom of the house. Controlled by an access keypad, the sliding roof retracts to give a 50% clear opening with no ducking of the head necessary. The operation is quiet and safe, and the provision of a rain sensor ensures closure from inclement weather.