Kings Mews

Scandinavian-inspired, understated elegance in a low-energy, new-build, Bloomsbury mews house

This new build, low-energy all-electric house was constructed in a run-down central London mews. The solidly built entrance façade is traditionally constructed from a light-cream brick with roughly applied lime mortar rubbed to get an aged, gritty texture. It makes a discrete coded reference to a project by Sigurd Lewerentz, in Stockholm, dating from 1964. The walls are heavily insulated on the inside, hence the deeply recessed windows to avoid cold bridging. A quietly creative contribution is made to the streetscape in the form of a delicately woven screen in front of the recessed ground floor entrance. Plants from the roof garden will also contribute to the streetscape.

The section of the new house was generated by the need to overcome the problems of a site that is heavily overshadowed by a tall new residential development that abuts the rear of the house; deeply cut to bring light flooding into the middle and rear of the ground floor.

Super-insulation, airtightness, heat recovery ventilation, and triple glazing, are features that we have brought from our Passive House work, to create a comfortable and healthy interior, in a low-energy mews house.

Photography: Peter Cook