32 Murray Mews

Hal Currey, London, 2006

 

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Hal Currey’s house, with zinc panels and aluminium window frames, is a radical innovation for Murray Mews 

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  •  Hal Currey’s house, with zinc panels and aluminium window frames, is a radical innovation for Murray Mews    
  • Murray Mews    
  •  The setting back of the house to provide a paved area was Currey’s own choice    
  • The top floor is set back on both sides to provide external terraces    
  • Interior shot    
  •  A premonition of High-Tech? Gallery access to the bedrooms is beneath a sloping glass roof (Team 4)    
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  • Anna and Graeme Williams are the only Team 4 clients still in residence today    
  • The ground-floor living room enjoys garden views (Team 4)    
  • The Williamses insisted on space for a Welsh dresser received as a wedding present (Team 4)    
  •  Tom Kay’s house: the generous first-floor living area is day lit principally from the roof    
  •  Kay complied with the planners’ preference for stock brick but resisted setting the house behind a courtyard    
  • A door in the first-floor living space opens onto steep stairs down to the garden level    
  • The kitchen is a step down from the dining area so the person cooking is on the same level as guests    
  • Section of Currey    
  • Ground floor plan (Currey)    
  • ‘40 years of what’s current in architecture’, Murray Mews today    
  • 22 Murray Mews by Tom Kay    
  • 19 Murray Mews by Team 4    
  • Sketches    

Private house for architect Hal Currey and his family in Camden Town, London

Murray Mews is located on the eastern fringes of Camden, and is most famous for a series of houses designed by Team 4. Currey’s house, which he designed, at 32 Murray Mews was completed in 2006.

The house is steel-framed and structurally simple, with conventional joisted floors. Externally it is clad in zinc panels, with sliding window frames of aluminium. Internally, a central blockwork shaft provides a measure of structural restraint. Blockwork is used as an inner skin throughout, providing thermal and acoustic insulation.

Currey has injected an entirely new element into the Murray Mews scene, subverting the old rules to allow for the use of zinc cladding, exposed steel frame at top floor level and plenty of glass.

On the ground floor, where the kitchen/dining space is the natural heart of the house, internal and external space merge when the sliding doors are thrown back in fine weather. The top floor is set back on both sides to provide external terraces.

Data

  • Begun: 2000
  • Completed: 2006
  • Floor area: 149m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £250,000
  • Tender date: Apr 2000
  • Address: 32 Murray Mews, Camden, London, NW1 9RJ, United Kingdom

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