The Client came to us looking for more space and utility in a quiet mews they had as a London pied-à-terre. We looked at their needs and proposed we extend down with a new basement and reconfigure the upper floors to create more living space. In order to bring light into the new living spaces we proposed the conceit of an internal courtyard / atrium that utilises an existing skylight. This allows the first floor, which is entirely landlocked, to have an unexpected balcony overlooking a planted space and the new rooms in the basement to have glazed doors opening out onto a naturally lit internal courtyard.
We have created a crisp palette of light and dark timbers for the background with a depth to the timber that brings in a subtle warmth. The timber is set off against dramatic Brazilian marbles, which in addition to the fantastic character provided are practical for kitchen spaces. Hints of blues with texture and pattern elevate the spaces to a more sophisticated layered look. We kept the furniture open and lightweight to maximise the newly created openness.