Wolsey Mews is a self-build project comprising two new family homes and a light-filled studio 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 which 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 and provides rear courtyards to both houses with an abundance of natural light. Fresh air is supplied by opening windows, northlights and MVHR, and 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, now that we are finally installed, is the simplicity and adaptability of the building to accommodate different needs and uses. The generous flexible first floor living space currently houses BHA's studio and a generous living space.
Status: Complete (May 2019)