RIBA Award Winner, 2015
Shortlisted for RIBA House of the Year, 2015
Camden Design Award Winner, 2015
Shortlisted for WAN House of the Year, 2015
Located in the Bloomsbury Conservation area, this bold brick house infills a vacant corner plot to complete an historic mews. The new house was developed around a reinterpretation of the London lightwell. A series of volumes step up from the basement to the top of the house, wrapping around the lightwell and opening the whole house to daylight.
Internally, the house’s concrete frame is exposed in ceilings and columns. The exterior is clad in brick and bronze. The bricks were handmade in Denmark; some bricks show the thumb prints of their craftsmen.
The lightwell descends right down into the basement, where there is a 14m pool lined with marble.
Photos by Olivier Hess & Dennis Gilbert