Structure workplace Trewhela Williams has accomplished a minimalist renovation of a mews home in north London, including a bespoke timber facade to animate its street-facing elevation.
The house, which is ready within the Belsize Park Conservation Space, initially featured a disused storage that took up a sizeable portion of the ground plan on the bottom ground and blocked off any connection to the road outdoors.
Trewhela Williams was introduced on board to optimise the house’s floor ground and convert the storage to supply further dwelling area.
The undertaking centered on opening up the darkish and insular inside to views of the quiet mews on the entrance and a small personal courtyard within the rear.
Present partitions enclosing the storage had been eliminated to permit this area to be integrated into an open-plan dwelling space that now extends throughout the complete depth of the property.
The previous storage door was changed with a facade crafted from white-oiled oak that retains the proportions of the previous door however offers better visible curiosity when seen from the mews.
“The prevailing storage doorways alongside the road create fairly a closed and guarded frontage,” Trewhela Williams advised Dezeen. “We wished to create one thing that is visually animated and offers a extra open and fascinating elevation.”
Angled oak fins positioned in entrance of the big window perform as a brise soleil, permitting daylight to enter and offering restricted views of the road from inside whereas sustaining privateness.
From the doorway to the mews, the fins seem to kind a stable wood quantity overlaying the window. However their geometry appears to shift and turns into extra permeable as folks method the home.
The bespoke joinery varieties a pared-back construction comprising easy planes, volumes and edges that was influenced by the minimalist wood sculptures of American artist Donald Judd.
Trewhela Williams specified a frameless glazing unit with hid fixings to reinforce the sculptural simplicity of the carpentry.
The home windows embody an espagnolette mechanism that permits them to tilt to facilitate cross-ventilation by means of the home or pivot open so the household’s pets can go outdoors.
The studio utilized a pared-back materials palette with a give attention to tone and texture to create a minimalist inside scheme.
Partitions and ceilings are rendered with a subtly textured Danish plaster that’s complemented by the nice and cozy Douglas fir flooring and terrazzo tiles speckled with marble mixture.
A worktop produced from cloudy white Mugla marble extends alongside the complete depth of the property – from the doorway corridor and storage space on the entrance to the galley kitchen, eating area and cushty in direction of the rear.
“While the inside is pared again and shows the traits of minimalism in its simplicity, there’s actual concord and sweetness within the particulars,” Trewhela Williams defined.
“There are only a few supplies and particulars throughout the dwelling, so each has been meticulously chosen to harmonise and create an area that feels heat and calm somewhat than being chilly or sterile.”
An present courtyard in the back of the home is now seen and accessible by means of an enlarged opening, which fills the complete peak and width of the rear elevation.
A minimal pivot door will be opened to create a seamless connection between the inside and the courtyard that additionally features as a lightwell drawing daylight into the adjoining dwelling areas.
The courtyard is paved with large-format concrete tiles and is enclosed by partitions lined with pure clay plaster, harmonising with the textural palette of the inside.
The courtyard homes a easy linear bench and a cylindrical plant pot, with their geometric varieties offering visible construction whereas a lone acer tree provides a burst of color.
Regardless of being located in a conservation space, the daring design for the brand new facade was complimented by the native planning authority, which stated it offered a constructive precedent for neighbours contemplating related conversion tasks.
“It was an enormous reduction,” stated Trewhela Williams. “A whole lot of conversion and extension tasks give attention to the rear of the property however right here we had been engaged on the entrance so we needed to tread very rigorously.”
“Fortunately the planners had been very supportive,” the studio added. “We have additionally been contacted by a few of the neighbours about doing one thing related with their properties, so there’s an appreciation for what we have achieved right here.”
Beforehand, the studio has created an extension to an Edwardian home in north London that includes a brick wall that extends out from the kitchen into the backyard.
The pictures is by Lorenzo Zandri.