Pitman Tozer Architects has won the go-ahead to build a bronze-clad, end-of-terrace mews house in Kensington, west London, described by the practice as a ‘jewel-like bookend’
Kensington and Chelsea Council approved the scheme in the Ladbroke Conservation Area, which will replace a 1960s house on a ‘constrained’ 98m² plot in Boyne Terrace Mews, despite the application receiving a number of objections.
One neighbour claimed that the ‘very large dormers’ would ‘create unwanted visual mass’ while another feared the ‘overall bulk of the structure … and its excessive height [would] leave a wholly oppressive feel’.
But according to the practice, the 224m² home with its vertical bronze panelling has been ‘intelligently’ designed to ‘reduce [the] impact on the neighbouring properties and enhance the character of the mews’.
Director Luke Tozer said: ‘Bronze Mews House has provided us with the opportunity to work with an existing client on the design of a high-quality new family house at the end of a mews in Kensington and Chelsea. More than that, it’s given us the chance to craft and hone a beautiful contemporary home.’
Work is expected to start on site next year.
The architect’s view
The new-build house replaces a 1960s end-of-terrace mews house. It has been intelligently designed in close consultation with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to maximise space on the constrained 98m² plot, while reducing impact on the neighbouring properties and enhancing the character of the mews.
The new house is characterised by bronze panelling, frameless glazing and fastidious detailing, which results in a jewel-like bookend to the terrace.
The vertical bronze panelling, which sits on a plinth of brick, encases the front, gable and rear elevations and cloaks the pitched roof. Dormers appear as flush framed protrusions in the roof, finished in anthracite grey powder-coated aluminium. Fixed panels on the lower windows and garage doors will be perforated with a pattern to be designed in collaboration with a local artist. They have the dual purpose of bringing light and ventilation into the house while also providing solar shading.
The front elevation is enlivened by a projecting bay window and the rear elevation by the balustrade of a first-floor terrace and stair finished in the same anthracite grey.
Inside, a single-storey basement creates valuable floor space, and daylight is brought into the property through floor-to-ceiling glazing on the rear façade and a discrete roof light positioned over the stair.
Location 12 Boyne Terrace Mews, London W11 3LR
Gross internal area 224m²
Architect Pitman Tozer Architects
Date of appointment October 2016
Start on site 2018
Structural engineers Constant Structural Design
M&E engineering Thurgood Design
Quantity surveyor Andrew Ohl Associates