Mews House Renovation

Piers Ford Architects, London, 2003


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The first floor living room opening to glass lantern above with sliding glazed roof 

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  • The first floor living room opening to glass lantern above with sliding glazed roof    
  • The new stair in the living room, with plane standing on glass room to study below    
  • New terrace at night    
  • New rear stair with glass risers    
  • Re-fenestration, with neighbouring house beyond still in black, 1983 style    
  • Old and new ground floor plans    
  • Old and new first floor plans    
  • Old and new second floor plans    
  • Old and new roof floor plans    

Renovation of 20-year-old mews house in Kings Cross, London, with particularly attention to daylighting and circulation

The mews house, built in a style reminiscent of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, has been remodelled in an up-to-date style. Particular attention was paid to the use and penetration of natural light into a house with only one outside wall facing onto the narrow mews. The internal spaces have been reorganised to provide an additional bedroom and a small study.

A sliding glass roof over the double height living room creates the effect of an internal courtyard with light penetrating to all corners. The sliding rooflight also provides a canopy, when open, to an alfresco dining space on the newly created roof terrace.

The windows were all replaced using galvanized steel frames and lintels evocative of the more recent, light industrial use of the mews.


  • Completed: 2003
  • Floor area: 240m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £335,000
  • Address: Doughty Mews, Kings Cross, London, WC1N 2PG, United Kingdom

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