House, Studios and Mews House

This development encompasses two derelict, Victorian, brick-built stable buildings surrounding a cobbled courtyard, which originally accommodated horses transporting goods for the Midland Railway at nearby King’s Cross, London.

The street-facing building was renovated to become a small house with two floors of office space adjacent. The rear building has been redeveloped as a large private house set back from the street, approached via a cobbled walkway. This brick façade retention with new build in steel and glass has become a five-bedroom 500 sqm house set back from the street.

The new additions are designed to deliberately contrast with the existing Victorian brick arcaded podium from which they emerge using a reduced palette of two industrial materials. Blackened metal panels and cast glass combine as a simple ‘skin’ to the roofs and walls of the buildings to enhance the sculptural quality of this new monolithic form.

• Finalist in the AJ Retrofit Awards

Location: Kings Cross, London

Date: 2014

Client: Private

Floor Area: 850 sqm

Photographer: Henry Bourne / Kim Ramain-Colomb

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