Murray Mews House, North London Residential Property, Architecture, Home Images
Murray Mews Houses London
North London Property – Residential Buildings in south east England, UK
post updated 23 Jan 2021 ; 21 Jun 2014
Murray Mews Property
Murray Mews house photos © Adrian Welch, 23 Jun 2007
According to Foster + Partners, Murray Mews consists of three houses, each on a very small plot. Skillful interpretation of building and planning regulations resulted in a design which made the maximum effective use of the sites by locating the houses directly on the front boundary, leaving a private courtyard to the rear, and preserving the visual integrity of the mews as a street. The internal planning of each house responded to particular needs of the occupants, a doctor with a strong interest in art, a husband and wife who were both barristers, and a skilled trade craftsman. The introduction of top light and a concern for individual privacy were strong elements of the design.
The street door opens straight into the kitchen which is raised a few steps to look over a worktop and built-in concrete table to the living room and a glazed wall with the courtyard beyond. The glass wall of the living room, like that of the kitchen-dining room at Creek Vean, is placed a metre or so forward of where the ceiling ends, so that more day-lit space is created.
Location: Murray Mews, North London, England, UK
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Team 4 Architects
Team 4 was a British architectural firm, established in 1963 by architecture graduates Su Brumwell, Wendy Cheeseman, Norman Foster and Richard Rogers. Team 4 was dissolved in 1967.
The practice originally included Wendy Cheeseman’s sister Georgie Wolton (née Cheeseman) who, as the only qualified architect of the group, allowed the practice to function. Georgie Cheeseman left after only a few months, leaving the remaining members to try and pass their professional exams while continuing to practice.
Rogers, Foster and Brumwell had first met while studying at Yale University. Rogers and Brumwell later married one another, as did Foster and Wendy Cheeseman.
Notable Team 4 Projects:
One of the first projects for Team 4 was a commission from Su Brumwell’s parents, Marcus and Irene Brumwell, to build a new house in Feock, Cornwall, called Creek Vean. They sold a Piet Mondrian painting bought from the artist in the 1930s, to fund the new house. Marcus Brumwell was the founder of the Design Research Unit. Creek Vean took 3 years to construct and was completed in 1966. It became the first ever house to win a R.I.B.A. Award. Creek Vean is a listed building, having been listed Grade II in 1998, and subsequently upgraded to Grade II*.
Team 4 designed Skybreak House in Radlett, Hertfordshire, built between 1965-66.
Murray Mews houses London: building photographs taken with Panasonic DMC-FX01 lumix camera; Leica lense: 2816×2112 pixels – original photos available upon request: info(at)e-architect.com
Buildings / photos for the Murray Mews Architecture page welcome