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. The internal interlocking volumes create a house of complexity yet with a sense of calm simplicity.
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
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