Adam + Eve

Sophie Nguyen Architects

The project is the transformation of a 3 storey London Mews House into a modern home filled with natural light and views to the sky.

The existing property is in a Conservation Area and was constructed in 1984 on the site of a Victorian Mews house, part of a collection of 4 new homes, in a pastiche of the building that it was replacing. The project aim was to transform this anonymous house into a place that reflected the personalities of the client; a professional couple, who shared a love for the sun, and a passion for anything related to motorbikes. The first priority was therefore to optimise the relatively restricted overall floorplan, in order to create light filled and noble new spaces. Accordingly, the room layout was reversed – a new light filled open-plan living space was created on the top floor, and the bedroom level was moved down to the first and ground floors. A new blue steel staircase threads from the ground floor to the second floor, uniting the volume and creating an event in the access up to the top floor. The steel treads are welded together with all the welds ground smooth in order to create the appearance of a folded metallic paper suspended between the floors. The guardrail is made of stainless steel rods, bolted to each tread with the bolt head countersunk into the thickness of the tread to enhance the vision of a suspended folded sheet of paper.