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48 Belgrave Mews North, London, United Kingdom

Wednesday 27 Nov 2013

Natural light floods renovated property

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03/12/13 James Martin, Denver
This strikes me as a perfect example of the way too many architects think. The inside is great I'm sure, but the exterior- a serious "who cares" design.
"Settled down a charming cobbled Mews"….. we have put a giant block of white that is totally alien to the neighborhood and to the the charm of the mews. What is this desire to take an historic building and try to treat it like it was some building that Mies created? It is arrogant. The charm of a historic structure like this is the detailing and the texture of the of fenestration. "We will just white was all this away because we want to be cool modernists" Is that the thinking? The result is garish, lifeless, and a dirty shame.
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Grade II listed house in Belgrave Mews transformed into family home by Landmass 

Settled down a charming cobbled mews in London’s Belgravia Conservation Area is a remarkable renovation project headed by property designers and developers Landmass. Working with MSMR Architects, ME Construction and engineers PCDS, the Landmass team have successfully transformed this Grade II Listed property into a modern 3-bedroom house.

Landmass acquired 48 Belgrave Mews North as an uninhabitable, rundown residence and despite a number of ambitious plans for the renovation being turned down by Westminster Council and Grosvenor Estate (including relocating the entire Grade II Listed staircase) the result is a welcoming and contemporary residence flooded with natural light.

The focus here was to maximise space within the existing structure and introduce more sunlight to each of the rooms. A statement from the developer explains: “Landmass differentiates itself from other developers and designers by spending more time on spatial arrangements than furnishings. Simple, yet elegant bespoke finishes work for us.”

In doing so, the team elongated the existing staircase and inserted a glass box at the top, enabling natural light to permeate the floors below. This staircase now leads to a private roof terrace with space to entertain or escape the hubbub of capital, and skylights embedded in the decking provide even more natural light to the lower levels.

As the staircase winds downwards, its oak frame and glass balustrades contrast with the rich walnut skirting as a nod to the heritage status of the original building. There are three bedrooms in the property; a master bedroom on the top floor with two smaller bedrooms on the floor below, each with its own en-suite bathroom.

On the ground floor is a generous reception room with a retractable glass ceiling and glass flooring, enabling sunlight to permeate the lower ground floor. This basement level has been excavated by Landmass and enjoys a ceiling height of 3.2m. Taking pride of place in the reception room is Europe’s largest bespoke copper fireplace, complete with recessed television.

48 Belgrave Mews is currently on the market for £6.95m. Click here to visit the Landmass website for more information. 

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