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8a Belsize Court Garages

Originally a late 19C coachman's living quarters and stable, this mews house combines an award-winning architect's studio and spacious light-filled maisonette after a 2-phase carbon-reducing retrofit.

Architect

Sanya Polescuk Architects

Date

2012

8a Belsize Court Garages NW3 5AJ

Sat/Sun 10am-1pm. Architect-led tours every 45 mins. Last entry 12.15pm. Max 10 per tour.

Belsize Park, Swiss Cottage

168, 268, 24, 46, 113

  • Architect on site
  • Partial disabled

8a BELSIZE COURT GARAGES Live over Work: A Carbon-Reducing RetrofitOriginally a Victorian live-work coach-and-horses stables with hayloft and coachman_s quarters above, this 19th century mews house is now home to an award winning architects_ studio and 4-bedroom upper maisonette.The two-stage retrofit began on the ground floor, where the architects_ studio is located. Having suffered from previous domestic conversions into dark, cramped cellular spaces, the ground floor has been re-opened up into a single horse-shoe shaped space. The design reveals the original Victorian ironworks, wall tiles, timber paneling, cobblestones, etc.The second stage of the retrofit was the upper masionette, which has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on the 1st floor and an open-plan living/kitchen/dining space above. By locating the shared living space on the top floor, all occupants can enjoy the natural daylight provided by the rooflights and dormers. Leading the design decisions throughout the build was the priority to retain the original Victorian features while making as many carbon-reducing improvements as possible (working towards Code of Sustainable Building Code Level 4):- _Wrap up Warm!_ upgrading all external fabric with a combination of PIR and wood-fibre insulation, while ensuring to always ventilate the existing- MVHR units installed in the upper maisonette- New Histoglass double glazing fitted into original timber window sashes; – Triple glazed units fitted into dormer windows and rooflights- Water saving and energy efficient fittings (A* or better)