Highbury Terrace Mews is a classic London mews where, over time, architects and owners have been given license to build an eclectic mix of houses of all types and styles in materials which include brick, timber, floor to ceiling glazing, render and aluminium. On a sunny day the mews could be on Venice Beach. The three storey house was built by a developer as part of a group of 6 terraced houses in 1988 to replace a laundry. The houses are uncharacteristic of the rest of the mews: a confusion of Post Modern, Victorian and Georgian styles in a mixture of brick and render with some ill considered detailing. 17A, which is the end of the terrace, is distinct in that it was set back with a pedimented gable section stepping forward over the entrance. The design brief quickly evolved from a modest exercise to add a shower room to the top floor and upgrade sub-standard roof insulation and low grade single glazed windows into a challenging project to completely re-design, simplify and rationalise the whole front elevation and to fit out a number of key internal spaces.
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