Shirland Mews Revisited

We recently revisited a residential project we completed in 2004 at Shirland Mews located in Maida Vale consisting of two single aspect mews houses. One of the houses was being refurbished and we assisted the contractor in advising on the original specification and design. It was a fascinating insight to see how the building had progressed since construction and sale something that is not always possible with residential projects. It was great to see that the house had become a home for a family of four with two young children who appreciated the light, bright open plan living spaces.


Both of the homes face a brick paved courtyard which provides pedestrian and vehicular access to the main entrance doors and integrated garages respectively. The design accommodates spacious living areas with open plan kitchen, living and dining spaces. On the ground floor there are two bedrooms in which one has an ensuite bathroom.


View of the houses’ main entrance

The ground floor is connected via staircase to an open plan kitchen and living space on the first floor. To maximise daylight and sunlight, large floor to ceiling height glazed windows and sliding doors and high level clerestory windows open up allowing an abundance of natural light to fill the homes. Adjacent to the open living space, an opportunity for privacy is created with the allocation of a study. Access to natural light is further created by a long slender skylight mirroring the main stairs enabling light to flood into the circulation spaces and reach the back of the home at both levels. Dark timber panels create a contrast to the large glazed openings and white render on the façade.


The house was sold in 2013 and is currently occupied by a family with two children.


View of the main living space
View of the main living space looking towards the kitchen
Photograph of one of the bedrooms with ensuite bathroom


If you are looking to develop your home and require design advice regarding the improvements, please contact Mark Fairhurst Architects on T: 020 7407 7070 or E: to arrange a free consultation.