Essex Mews Designed Like a 21st Century Alternative to the Classic Victorian Terrace

Essex Mews, MW Architects

Architects: MW Architects
Project: Essex Mews
Location: South London, United Kingdom
Photography: Ben BlossomFrench & Tye

Essex Mews by MW Architects is a RIBA London Regional Award winning project that was constructed on a former back land site, which was characterised by detached and semi-detached Victorian houses. This bright, contemporary answer to the classic Victorian terrace, sited on a slope within a conservation area, netted multiple awards and instant sales for the boutique developer Solid Space.

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The 3 homes embrace the local language and scale of traditional suburban homes with London stock bricks, pitched roofs and chimney stacks which juxtaposes the split-level interior. The first floor landing extends to create a work space, which overlooks a double height void above the dining and kitchen space on the lower ground floor.

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Modern twists like oversized porches and slimline brick subvert the local typology while satisfying the planning department. In this trio of three-bedroom houses, rooms grow out from a narrow front foyer into a multilevel space connected by open staircases, airy landings and voids. Each house is positioned for maximum privacy and exposure to natural light while maintaining privacy and light for one another.

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The houses have three different levels, one for each of the main living functions of the modern house (eating, living and working) carefully arranged around a two storey void. Each level denotes the individual spaces but the void connects them 3-dimensionally making them feel bigger and brighter through shared volume.

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