Burd Haward Architects

Burd Haward Architects
24 Wolsey Mews
London NW5 2DX

T: 020 7267 9815

Wolsey Mews Studios

"This beautifully detailed and sensitive project really makes the most of this very tight site with ingenuity and originality." 

Camden Design Award judges


Wolsey Mews Studios is a self-build project comprising two new family homes and a light-filled office space for BHA. Located in a conservation area of Kentish Town, it is an exemplar of what can be achieved on a constrained urban infill site.


Developed by Catherine Burd & Buddy Haward, on a site that most developers discounted as being simply too difficult to develop, the building responds precisely to its context and transforms the quality of the streetscape. Sitting between a post-war housing block and an 18thC former warehouse, its form and detail take cues from both, with carefully chosen pink/yellow external brickwork and a gabled roof profile that echoes the scale and rhythm of the warehouse.


Behind the bold, subtly modulated street façade, a sophisticated interlocking plan makes the most of the tight site and contains unexpectedly generous light-filled internal spaces. A basement fills the entire site footprint providing both houses with generous courtyards filling both houses with an abundance of natural light. Fresh air is supplied by opening windows, northlights and MVHR The material palette is understated and economic with robust, sustainable, self-finished materials throughout.

The design envisaged numerous living and working scenarios, and the real delight is the simplicity and adaptability of the building to accommodate different needs and uses. The large first floor currently houses BHA's studio and a generous living space.  


Client:   Catherine Burd / Buddy Haward

Stages: RIBA 0 – 6

WM 01 v4
WM 02 v7
WM 03 v7
WM 05 v7
WM 06 v4
IMG 9202 v3
WM 08 v5
WM 09 v3
WM 10 v6
WM 11 v3
WM 12 v3
WM 13 Ground v5
WM 14 Basement v3
WM 15 First v4
WM 16 ISO v3
WM 17 Model v5


Housing & Mixed Use, Workspaces


Camden Design Awards - Small Projects - Winner

New London Awards - Finalist

Structural Timber Awards - Finalist


How to Be an Architect Developer, September 2023

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