In London’s Hyde Park, a simple brief to redesign a conservatory led to a double-fronted mews house getting a full, pristine make-over from Andy Martin Architects
Like any congested city, London has its pockets of quiet opulence, where — behind tree-fronted yards or simply disguised behind ordinary façades — you’ll find the kind of houses that most of us dream about. One such ‘pocket’ is Hyde Park, and one such home is the discreetly named Mews 04, a large, five-bedroom, double-fronted mews house, which recently underwent an extensive make-over by Andy Martin Architects (AMA).
The initial brief was far more modest: AMA was called in to re-design the timber-framed faux Victorian-style conservatory, which dated back to the 1980s — an era not known for timeless design. AMA’s solution was to replace the dates conservatory with a similar form, thereby avoiding having to submit a potentially difficult and lengthy planning application to the authorities.
The original design of three barrel vaults of the old conservatory was transformed into a contemporary ‘sine curve’ form, with three large, curved, double-glazed units — the largest single horizontal units, in fact, in the UK. This elegant form has the appearance of a single sheet of flowing glass forming the new conservatory roof.
This simple, elegant yet somehow quirky solution for the new space was to become the spring board for a new aesthetic approach for the rest of the house. The aim was to achieve an elegant blend between the clients existing classical spaces and furniture, and AMA’s own contemporary interventions.