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13 Park Square Mews, NW1, London, United Kingdom

Thursday 10 Apr 2008

A modern mews

13 Park Square Mews, NW1 by Belsize Architects in London, United Kingdom
Belsize Architects 
13 Park Square Mews, NW1 by Belsize Architects in London, United Kingdom 13 Park Square Mews, NW1 by Belsize Architects in London, United Kingdom 13 Park Square Mews, NW1 by Belsize Architects in London, United Kingdom
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23/12/09 allie stewart, tunbridge wells
Interesting to see your project, what a lot of thought you have put in to the design. My grandmother ,Nellie Hunt,used to rent No 15 from a Mr.Hogg. It had a toilet downstairs, a set of stairs entering the smallest galley kitchen outside of a boat, with no sink. A little corridor leading to a front room which always smelt of gas and cabbage and one bedroom with a butlers sink, but no hot water. Other than a peculiar gas heater in the lounge, which was a danger to light,winking at night with an alien orange glow, there was no other form of heating. How she survived here until her eighties is a mystery.

The contrast of your design to a life gone by is almost Daliesque!

If you have any photos of No 15, please send them to me as I would love to see how it looks now. Nellie always had the most wonderful windowboxes full of geraniums or spring flowers. her gesture I guess to a childhood in the country. Allie Stewart
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Contemporary design lights up between listed buildings 

No. 13 is a small, contemporary mews house in London's Regents Park, nested amidst Grade 1 and 2 Listed buildings designed by Belsize Architects. The house is surrounded on one side by the terraced houses of Brunswick Place and on the other by Park Square West. Belsize Architects welcomed the opportunity to be involved in a building in such a unique position, no matter how small, and to be able to persuade the authorities involved that a modern contextual design could have its place, even within London's Regents Park. Thie architects saw the project as an exercise to see how a building could be designed on a very confined site within a sensitive and historic part of the London, yet have ample light, feel much larger than it in fact is and continue to create the sense of a private residence.

Large windows were formed in the brick walls and roof lights were added everywhere to bring in as much light as possible. Yet most of the windows were designed to have shutters over them, made of vertical slats with gaps in between. In this way not only does light pervade the house, but the interior still does not feel too open to the mews and allows life inside to pass on without concern for the world outside. Inside, the intention was for the spaces to flow together in an interconnected fashion through the use of galleries and glass walls over the three levels. The visual connection between living and sleeping accommodation achieves the maximum use of the space so that the small area feels spacious and inviting. Despite the use of light the internal treatment creates the sense that the house is carved out of a monolithic dark grey material. Although the volcanic stone, textured leather and lacquered timber are all nearly the same colour, acting together with the steel and glass they create an atmospheric sense of place.

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