This remodeled mews house in Knightsbridge London, is best described as a “reinterpretation” of a classic London mews house, with plenty of usable and flexible space, an abundance of natural light and a strong connection to nature.
Reworked by local firm Echlin , the house is located on a quiet mews in easy reach of Hyde Park, the family home is arranged across three floors and connected by a handmade helical oak staircase.
Entered through an oversized bronze door, the ground floor features an entrance hall cast in grey marble. This is separated from a generous living space, dining area and study via a sliding partition wall. The newly created basement level accommodates a large, split-level kitchen and living area while the first floor is occupied by three bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom.
Each floor follows a “broken-plan” layout, in which built-in furniture and level changes help to loosely demarcate different areas.
Wide, sliding and pocket doors create views through the different spaces, as does bespoke joinery such as the open shelving that divides the dining, study and living areas on the first floor.
On the lower ground floor, which was added in by the firm, a sunken seating area is located beyond the kitchen and dining area. The level change is intended to create a visual separation while allowing the spaces to remain connected to each other.
?The walnut kitchen has been designed by Echlin so that all utilities can be concealed behind pivoting pocket doors when the owners are entertaining. A walk-on skylight on the ground floor terrace is located directly above the sunken seating area to maximise the amount of daylight in the basement.
According to the studio, the home’s “sense of calm and tranquillity” was created through the use of natural materials, organic textures and a gentle colour palette informed by the nearby park. Meanwhile, the use of metallic surfaces and heritage colours nod to the home’s historic location.