Belgravia Mews House

Photography : Steven Wooster

Refurbishment and transformation of a small three storey Belgravia mews house into a spectacular and contemporary living and entertaining
space on five levels with roof terrace and lower ground floor; uniting period and contemporary design with modern technology.

The most important criteria was to maintain the essential architectural qualities of the original building and its setting.

No original details of the interior remained, so a complete re-design was possible, placing the main living space on the First Floor and the Kitchen – Dining on the Ground Floor. Throughout the house, materials were chosen to unify the entire space.

The existing 1970s influenced front facade was reworked by removing dated features to reveal an impressive facade of classical and period proportion, inspired by it’s early 19th Century origins.

At Street level, the main entrance and front door to the property were re-proportioned to create a much grander frontage to a property of this period.
Garage doors were replaced with large sash windows (originally stables in a bygone age) and was converted into much needed living space.

At First Floor level, a 1970s bay window was replaced with two centrally located French windows to mirror those at the left and right sides of the elevation.

At Second Floor level, the ceiling height was raised by replacing an unstable roof with a structure of steel supports and hardwood timber joists, surfaced with Ipe decking; allowing for a vast Roof Terrace : a space for dining, relaxing and sunbathing.

The dated and cramped 1970s interior was extensively transformed by opening- up the internal spaces and extending vertically from the Lower Ground Floor to Roof Level via a sweeping staircase with access to a planted Mediterranean style roof terrace through an electronic sliding access hatch.

A double height atrium introduces natural daylight, combined with vertical planting (a Living Wall of shade tolerant exotic plants) connects the Ground Floor living areas with the newly excavated Lower Ground Floor Office and Utilities space. The linear details, derived from local stucco town house architecture are carried from the Entrance Porch through the interior Entrance Hallway from Ground Floor to Lower Ground Floor. This elegant detailing can be found in the mirror panelling, leather headboards and panelled details.

The sophisticated lighting system, plantation shutters, mirrored and reflective surfaces, combine to control light and shade in a dramatic way.
There is an abundance of cutting edge technology featuring a ” drop-down” cinema screen , concealed overhead projection and an air-conditioning system.
The marble bathrooms convey a sense of calm, and a space for retreat with state of the art shower and steam-room technology.

“Chequer board” marble and walnut herringbone flooring highlight bespoke panelled walnut doors and built-in furniture.

Bespoke decorative glass wall lights and chandeliers, of pear shaped glass droplets, add sparkle and highlight the upper floor and Lower Ground Floor spaces. The Kitchen at Ground Floor level, features an installation of bespoke etched glass pendant lighting which connects ground and Lower Ground Floor spaces.

An eclectic use of textiles : curtains including African inspired geometric design and heavily embroidered floral fabric, leopard print upholstery and cushions. The textures of rugs, carpets and leather wall panelling juxtapose with the sharper edges of modern furniture.

Walls : a palette of natural tones of ice blue, sugared violet, sapling and wattle, harmonise with pearl and lemon leather which contrast with gloss and matt textures and surfaces.