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13 Park Square Mews, London

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13 Park Square Mews, London
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 No.  13 is a small, contemporary mews house in Regents Park, nested amidst Grade 1 and 2  Listed buildings by Nash. The house is surrounded on one side by the terraced houses of Brunswick Place and on the other by Park Square West.

It was a very welcome 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-Crown Estate and Westminster Council- that a modern contextual design could have its place, even within Regents Park.

This was an exercise to see how a building could be designed on a very confined site within such a sensitive and historic part of the town, yet have ample light, feel much larger than it in fact is and yet continue to create the sense of a private residence.

To some extent the brief was paradoxical. 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, scattered into separate, exciting even rays, 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. 

The house consists of a garage, guest bedroom, bath room, entry hall and cloak room on the ground floor, kitchen, dining and living space on the first floor and master bedroom, bath and steam room on the gallery above.

The house is equipped throughout with the latest intelligent home technology, sometimes concealed within walls and fittings.


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