Contemporary Urban Home by ‘Andy Martin Architects’, London
‘Belsize Park Mews’ – Transformation from Traditional to Spectacular
The Façade of this traditional London mews terraced property is pleasant but unremarkable. However, it conceals a surprising secret, on entering the house the visitor will be amazed at its remarkable transformation into a super contemporary urban home.
‘Andy Martin Architects’ (AMA) saw the potential for completely refurbishing the original structure and creating a fabulous contemporary urban home including a stylish modern decoration scheme throughout. The ‘Mews 02’ house had been used unromantically as a mechanic’s garage, so some structural alterations were already apparent. Owned by a musician and a designer, this spacious 4 storey property was ripe for creative redevelopment. The artistic couple wanted plenty of space for entertaining in their contemporary urban home, but total peace and privacy in private areas such as bedrooms. A large section of this home was at basement level so one big challenge for AMA architect’s was to maximize the natural light entering the house. This was achieved through expansive use of glass and reflective surfaces. An elegant sunken courtyard was created for entertaining and relaxing, this is the first hint of the exciting transformation that has occurred inside ‘Mews 02’. The courtyard is crisply geometric and surrounded on two sides by floor to ceiling sliding glass panels. This establishes a clear visual continuity between exterior and interior living areas. With an emphasis on black and white, the slick modern decoration scheme runs seamlessly from outside into the interior of this contemporary urban home.
The perfect white flooring establishes important continuity as it flows horizontally through each storey making the most of available light. A weightless appearance has been introduced through the vertical elements which have been highlighted in dark charcoal. This also adds a dynamic quality to the living space and a defined basis from which to develop the atmospheric modern interior design scheme. The vibrant ambience in this contemporary urban home has been enhanced tastefully by the selective introduction of a few brightly coloured art works, designer fittings and a feature staircase that has been finished in a brilliant red.
Designed for creative people ‘Mews 02’ suggests a lifestyle which embraces life energetically but knows when its time to ‘wind down’.