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Mews house with glazed walls

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The form of the three-storey mews houses is dictated by the tight urban site; adjacent buildings limit the aspect to front and rear elevations, which are fully glazed to allow maximum daylight to penetrate the relatively deep plan. Bedrooms at lower ground floor level are lit by landscaped light wells.The construction is a combination of blockwork, precast concrete and steel - to resist lateral movement - with timberjoisted floors and roofs.

Living and bedroom spaces to each dwelling are stacked vertically and topped with a curved standing seam aluminium roof. Between each is a circulation 'slot'- staircases, entrance and landings - defined by a party wall to one side and a full-height blockwork wall to the other, which acts as a buffer zone. The slots are defined by a frame of precast reconstructed stone and have flat roofs which articulate the terrace roofscape.

Access is by means of a bridge at ground floor level, poised above the light wells.The bridge deck, random-sized galvanised steel trays filled with blacktinted screed, rests on a steel frame supported on concrete storage units at lower ground floor level.

The glazed main entrance door opens onto a hall where a folded timber staircase with a glass balustrade rises through the building.The glazed wall to the slot is screened with horizontal iroko slats to give privacy to the interior; it pivots to allow the glass to be cleaned.

The living rooms alongside the front light well are fitted with fully glazed sliding doors, protected with a balustrade of vertical iroko slats.The slats extend downwards to screen the fully glazed sliding doors on the floor below from those using the bridge.

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