A 1,432 square foot London mews house has been extended by architcture studio De Rosee Sa in order to better accommodate an artist’s young family. The property, situated on Queensberry Mews West, is located in the same mews where British artist, Francis Bacon, rented a studio in 1929. Following Bacon’s footsteps, the owner is an international artist and wanted to adapt his working space to accommodate his young family of four.
De Rosee Sa faced the challenge of creating order from a fairly chaotic situation: the existing building was boxed in on three sides, leaving only one façade of windows at the front of the house to light the interior spaces. To create more space, a better flow, and more light, De Rosee Sa added a new basement level, and introduced light via a new curved staircase under a sky light, bringing light down into the new basement level.
To make the most of the space, the ground floor features an open-plan kitchen with a compact kitchen island on wheels, which can be moved around to create more floor space.
Arched wooden doors open to reveal a pantry / larder – essential kitchen storage space for a growing family. Cabinets were painted a powder blue, while upper cabinets were replaced with a floating shelf instead, to avoid this kitchen feeling cramped.
The new curved staircase curls up to the first floor bedrooms, and down to the basement studio and playroom.
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A sky light above the stairs helps bring light down into the new basement level.
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Upstairs, bedrooms incorporate seamless built-in wardrobes.
This ensures that bedrooms – including the kids bedrooms – are as clear and clutter-free as can be.
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A shared bathroom features concealed storage below a narrow ledge – useful for perching soap and toothbrush holders on – and means that the space under the basin can be left free, helping to make the small bathroom feel more spacious.
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Solid timber parquet flooring was used throughout to ensure the space maintained an artist’s studio aesthetic, with glazed light-wells set into the ground floor to bring more light down into the playroom and studio located in the basement level.
A small skylight was created above the play area, letting in more light.
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Max de Rosee, Director of De Rosee Sa, said: “Throughout this project, the clients were determined to retain the studio atmosphere that a mews house can have, while creating more room for their young children. We were all inspired by the fact that Francis Bacon had his studio in the street. We responded with a design solution that added more floor space to their home, creating new areas which were highly functional, but we also worked hard to bounce natural light around where we could. The design of the staircase was crucial to this and involved many test models. The result is a combination of contrasts which we are delighted to have been able to deliver.”
Photography / Alex James