Mews House as Writer's Studio
Islington, London | N1
We were asked by our previous clients (Cross Street) to return to their home and incorporate this small two-storey mews building to the back of Cross Street on Fowler Road. This building was purchased from dressmaker-tailor, who worked there for over 25 years. The space was filled with fabrics with hardly a stitch of space to work. The new use of the building is a writing studio with the capacity to also work as accomodation for a guest, whether a friend, or contributer to their work, such as a writer, director, editor. Studio office space is on the ground floor, connecting to a second studio with sofa bed and bathroom.
Materials include fumed oak flooring, timber panelling, painted shelving and cabinets, reclaimed teak, Morroccan tiles. As we were asked to keep to a budget. Here we worked with as much of the original as possible - these included the original timber stair as well as, roof structure, windows-architraves. In order to gain more space to the second floor, we suspended a small kitchenette over the stair -- a glazed contemporary box affording a view out. We also provided a two-storey extension at the back for a bathroom, kitchenette and WC.