Mews House, London

Lisa Shell Design, London, 2002


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External view of the Lisa Shell Design house 

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  • External view of the Lisa Shell Design house    
  • View from mezzanine down to kitchen    
  • Stair in living room with mezzanine balcony beyond    
  • First floor stair    
  • First floor stair    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Mezzanine floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Section through hall study    
  • Kitchen    

Private house and workplace with a compression of spaces and interlocking levels that spiral up the house

The framing of ground-floor openings echoes the large doors typical of mews in their original use, while above, the placing of windows follows the common asymmetry.

In the north-east quadrant of the plan there are three storeys set directly beneath the rafters. By limiting ceiling height to 2.1m for the mezzanine study, the top floor is less than 4.5m above ground level and so the stair is not a protected escape route, with all the self-closing doors that entails. This allows the ground floor and the mezzanine study looking down on it to be largely open plan.

The mews forms the end-stop to the back gardens of houses behind, which the mews cannot overlook. So obscured glass lights the lower levels and rooflight glazing is used at the rear of the first floor. Large openings at the front bring in daylight.


  • Begun: Mar 2002
  • Completed: May 2002
  • Floor area: 95m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £217,075
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works 98
  • Address: London, W11, United Kingdom

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