This project involved full-scale stripping out of a 3-storey mews house to create a new gallery and living space for an art collector in Chelsea.
A stripped-back industrial aesthetic was created by casting exposed in-situ concrete floor slabs and turning the galvanised pipework for the internal services into a key aesthetic feature. A basement was dug and a steel spiral staircase inserted into the corner of the plan, maximising usable open floor space within a minimal city-centre footprint, whilst simple, bespoke joinery elements provide concealed storage, cooking and washing facilities.
With a room per floor and the building’s restricted footprint, careful planning and design was required to maximise the useable floorspace whilst creating an aesthetic that responded to the client’s unique needs for this project. Very detailed planning and party wall negotiations were also required in order to accommodate such an extensive transformation of the interior whilst maintaining and celebrating the historic character of the building’s exterior in its context.