For sale: 1960s Camden mews house by world-renowned architects
PUBLISHED: 18:25 06 April 2016 | UPDATED: 18:25 06 April 2016
A mews house, which was an early project by two of the world’s leading architects, has come on the market on what is arguably the most impressive street in Camden for Modern architecture.
Team 4 house, Murray Mews, NW1
The first floor bedrooms have glazed cubby holes
The top floor is fully glazed on the side and ceiling
The top floor bedroom leads on to a roof terrace
Light is the dominant feature of the house
Red tiles run throughout the ground floor, from kitchen to sunken living space
Red quarry tiles line the ground floor double-height kitchen and worktops
The open-plan reception/dining room spans the entire width of the house
The ground floor has floor-to-ceiling aluminium and glass walls at the back
Red tiles even form a built-in sofa
Light floods the double-height kitchen from sloping skylights
The first floor glazed extension from the side
The red brick street-facing facades are anonymous and protect residents' privacy
In contrast to the front of the house, the rear is very open
The west-facing garden
The clever space-saving staircase
The £1.6million three-bedroom house on Murray Mews, NW1, was designed in 1964 by Team 4, which had been founded the year before by Norman Foster and Richard Rogers along with Su Brumwell and Wendy Cheesman.
The house is in the centre of a terrace of three red brick properties built by the architects, with anonymous facades masking impressive interiors.
Describing the project on The Modern House website, Foster & Partners said: “Murray Mews consists of three houses, each on a very small plot. Skilful interpretation of building and planning regulations resulted in a design which made the maximum effective use of the sites by locating the houses directly on the front boundary, leaving a private courtyard to the rear, and preserving the visual integrity of the mews as a street.
“The internal planning of each house responded to particular needs of the occupants, a doctor with a strong interest in art, a husband and wife who were both barristers, and a skilled trade craftsman.
“The introduction of top light and a concern for individual privacy were strong elements of the design.”
On the market for the first time in 18 years, the house has retained its dramatic interior with split levels and open-plan spaces making it the perfect place to throw a 1960s-style cocktail party.
Stylish period features abound including red quarry tiles in the ground floor double-height kitchen and sunken open-plan reception/dining room where they even form a built-in sofa against one of the walls.
Light is the dominant feature of the house though, with floor-to-ceiling glazing lining the back of the house on the ground floor, glazed bays in the two first floor bedrooms and even a glass ceiling in the top floor bedroom, which opens onto a roof terrace.
The house fits into a great tradition of Modernist architecture in the borough of Camden where there are numerous examples of small scale residential projects by huge name architects dotted through the streets.
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