It seems the greater population of Brits know what a mews home is or can perhaps even recognise one when they see it. Aesthetics aside, only few people know the history behind these mews homes and the reason they came into existence in the first place.
A term not widely used in other English speaking countries, a mews denotes a row of stables, most commonly with carriage houses to the lower floor and the living quarters located above. They are usually found in back alleys and narrow streets as their original use was to serve large city houses in the 17th and 18th century. Fortunately, nowadays, these wonderful spaces have been lovingly converted into private dwellings and that is exactly the type of project we are fortunate enough to take a tour around today.
Gregory Phillips Architects have masterfully altered and made significant changes to both the interior and exterior of this mews building in Hyde Park. Maintaining the historical frontage and reconfiguring the internal spaces to meet the living needs and requirements of 21st century life, this home has been reinvented and afforded the opportunity to live on for centuries to come.
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Here, in all its glory, we see a stunning night-time shot of the renovated mews home. The streetscape has been carefully maintained so as not to disturb the existing mews homes in the same row, which also appear to have been restored in recent years.
The classic yellow-brown brick façade remains, creating a dialogue with the neighbouring property one door down and a contrast to the building directly next door. The doors and windows to the front of the home have been refreshed yet do not compete for attention despite their freshly painted appeal.
Every contemporary property needs a stylish kitchen because even in changing modern times, the kitchen is still the heart of the home. In contrast to the classic four panel windows in the background, the über modern island and workbench, in all its white on white glory, does not clash even slightly with such a traditional detail.
The line of sight created by the architects in this room is a marvel, with the only disturbances caused by the taps and the range hood. Otherwise, the sensation of lightness and brightness is very much felt within this area.
The open plan kitchen and living space can be fully understood in this image, with the kitchen island acting as a clever and subtle divider between the two areas. While the material finishes in both spaces are vastly different— the kitchen being a picture perfect example of stainless steel finishes and the lounge hosting cream leather sofas - there is an obvious dialogue between the areas. The expanse of basalt floor creates a impression of openness, with this notion being translated throughout the entire home.
In terms of sustainability, AA rated appliances and 100% low energy lighting systems have been installed throughout to make this home not only aesthetically stunning but also highly energy efficient.
The horizontal lines provided by the stained oak cabinetry replicate the geometry seen in the kitchen. Yet here we find soft material textures with the backs of the sofas facing outwards so as to create a sense of intimacy and privacy in this area of relaxation.
The orientation of the sofas also means the view outside of the facing mews can be enjoyed in a range of different scenarios—with a cup of tea in the morning at sun up or a glass of wine during sun down.
The grey tiles on the floor of the kitchen and living room also appear on the walls of the bathroom. Perfect for a smaller space, the design of the bathroom is thought out and well resolved.
The translucent glass panel that is the shower screen is barely visible, as are the frameless set of mirrors that line the wall above the sink and toilet. The lack of corners and decoration means the available light can be dispersed equally throughout the space, meaning no corners will be left dark and gloomy.
A wonderful treat can be found in the way of a private workout space. Sometimes, busy city and family life prevent us from going to the gym or for walks after work—perhaps there is no green open space located nearby—so it's only fitting in these modern times that we have access to our own personal oasis to relieve stress and work on our bodies and minds.
The same interior decorating theme has been continued even into the gym, mimicking the minimal yet warm appeal of the other rooms. Here, there are all the essentials; a powerplate machine and dumbbells of varying weights. We hope you have enjoyed your personal tour through this modern mews home and feel inspired to take on a renovation project of your own.
To see another similarly lovely project, make sure to check out: Before & After: London Mews Conversion.