This bright, contemporary answer to the classic Victorian terrace, sited on a slope within a conservation area, are completed to a design by MW Architects in conjunction with the RIBA Award-winning developers Solidspace (now Unboxed Home).

Project Name: Essex Mews
Studio Name: MW Architects
Project Size: 134 m2
Site Size: 700 m2
Project Budget: $330000
Completion Date: 2014
Building Levels: 5
Location: London, United Kingdom
Photography: French & Tye

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Modern twists like oversized porches and slimline brick subvert the local typology while satisfying the planning department. In this trio of three-bedroom houses, rooms grow out from a narrow front foyer into a multilevel space connected by open staircases, airy landings and voids. Each house is positioned for maximum privacy and exposure to natural light while maintaining privacy and light for one another.

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Each of the properties has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a private garden and off-street parking.
Externally, it incorporates vernacular elements including brick façades and pitched roofs. By contrast, the interior arrangement is entirely modern. The key social spaces of the house – the areas for eating, living and working – feel connected but semi-private at the same time. This design not only creates volume (each house measures 338 cubic metres), it also eradicates the traditional areas of wasted space such as hallways.

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Equipped with oak engineered hardwood floors, slate floor tiles, solid granite kitchen worktops, solid-core timber doors, Cat 5e cabling and low-energy lighting. They also incorporate high-performance double-glazed windows, high levels of insulation and superior air tightness to help eliminate drafts and reduce heat loss. A mechanical ventilation and heat-recovery unit offers improved air quality and energy efficiency.


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