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Murray Mews, Camden by Threefold Architects

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Threefold Architects has extended, refurbished and reconfigured an existing 1950s mews house

The architect’s view

The site for the project was an existing and dilapidated 1950s house in an urban mews site in Camden. Unusually, the existing house had windows with views to both front and rear. The main driver for the design of the project was a desire to manifest this dual connection with the outside world in every occupiable space.

We sought to extend, reconfigure and refurbish the existing house, maximising every nook and cranny of the site to create a series of flexible and luminous spaces, each with access to a connected external room. The house is organised around a central core where natural light is channeled down into the heart of the building through large glazed panels that frame a new open-tread staircase. Spaces, programmes and materials are arranged in order to break down the visual and physical barriers between the interior and exterior ‘rooms’. The entrance hall, bedrooms and bathrooms are arranged on the ground floor, with the main living spaces on the first floor and flexible study/bedroom spaces in the new second floor pavilion.

  • Matt Driscoll, director, Threefold Architects

Project data

Start on site June 2011
Completion July 2012
Gross internal floor area 127m²
Form of contract JCT minor works 2011
Construction cost £245,000
Construction cost per m² £1,940
Architect Threefold Architects
Client Confidential
Structural engineer WebbYates
SAP calculations Energist UK
Aboriculturalist Landmark Trees
CDM coordinator n/a
Approved building inspector London Borough of Camden, district surveyor
Main contractor High Spec Build
CAD software used Vectorworks
Annual CO2 emissions Unconfirmed

Specified products

Encaustic cement tiles

Mosaic del Sur

Pattern type varies 200mm (wide) x 200mm (long) located throughout ground-floor spaces


Bathroom wall and floor tiles

Solus Ceramics

Agatha 5FAB1115ma gloss finish, 150mm x 150mm, located in second-floor bathroom



Anthracite black, 5% lacquer finish, varying sheet and cupboard size, located in kitchen


Birch ply with Formica colourcore laminate

White for kitchen worktops, smoked larch veneer on alternate side for stair location


Timber flooring

Engineered larch board with white oil finish, board sizes 200mm (wide) x 1220mm (long), used in chevron pattern for kitchen on first floor and straight on second floor


Timber external cladding at second-floor level

Black stained larch boards, ebony Osmo stain



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