Mews house in Battersea gets facelift by Groves Natcheva Architects

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This brick single family house has replaced an old terrace mews residence on a quiet, yet centrally located, Battersea street in West London.
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London-based architects Groves Natcheva have completely transformed a run down, 20th-century mews house in West London’s Battersea into a stylish contemporary residence. The authors – a team headed by Adriana Natcheva and Murray Groves – are no strangers to creative reinventions in urban architectural settings. Their earlier offerings include the full redesign of two old mews structures in Kensington into a twin set of luxurious residences full of opulent materials and handcrafted details and fittings, and the careful facelift of an art deco villa in North London. With this project, however, the architects had to think outside the box.

The existing house was placed on a fairly compact plot, on a quiet, back street in Battersea, which was nevertheless quite centrally located. The clients wanted a modern home, so finding a way to gain extra space was key in the firm’s architectural solution.

The new structure is a simple box volume made out of blue bricks. Large openings (sporting Crittall window frames) are cut out of the front and back facades, flooding the interior with light. The architects dug down to add an extra floor, resulting in a comfortable 90 sq m in total for the whole house. The ground and lower levels host the house’s main living spaces, spanning sitting, dining, kitchen areas and a study. The lower ground also features a small but perfectly formed courtyard towards the back, which brings plenty of sunshine inside and creates a pleasing lightwell on the ground level. The upper floor contains the house’s bedroom.

Bathrooms, kitchens and the house’s entirely new feature staircase are executed with precision and design flair, employing careful joinery and luxurious stones and marbles to add a sense of generosity and richness. The exterior’s bricks meet raw plaster walls inside and exposed concrete on the lower level. A clean, white and fairly monochromatic colour palette and utilitarian detailing highlight the architecture’s modern minimalist aesthetic and ensure the interior feels airy and uncluttered.

‘The house is imagined as an oasis in the middle of the city, where all spaces are simple’, say the architects; a goal surely achieved.

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The elegant, minimalist design is by London based architecture practice Groves Natcheva Architects; it has been photographed here with furniture from interiors company SIgmar.

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The architects’ main challenge was about making the most in terms of space, out of the particularly compact plot.

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To maximise space, the team decided to dig out an extra floor on the lower level.

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This level is connected to the entrance floor via a stylist timber-lined staircase.

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The lower ground space offers a key additional living area for the house...

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...and also hosts a small but perfectly formed courtyard that connects the residents to the outdoors in this fairly urban setting.

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For more information visit the website of Groves Natcheva Architects

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).