A conversion of a Victorian gin distillery into a family home. As the distillery is surrounded by other buildings, the design challenge was to bring in lots of natural light while maintaining privacy.
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Essex Mews 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 Victorian terrace in South Hampstead already had a split section. The owners thought the steps down to the original kitchen were a negative aspect of the property but MW Architects immediately saw the potential to connect the three key living spaces and open it up into a dramatic but functional family space.
The Dalarna house was specifically situated along a north to south axis so that the homeowners can have the morning sun at breakfast and, as the day goes on, enjoy the sunset from the master bedroom. The construction uses timber framing built on a concrete floor slab and is clad in pine treated with a traditional timber preservative.