Groves Natcheva Architects have designed a pair of adjacent houses in London's Kensington Court Mews, with equal attention to detail but dramatically different styles. The first house, lighter in colour and slightly larger, features an open-plan living area.
Photography: Helenio Barbetta
Sleek black sliding doors can hide or reveal areas of the house according to the owner's needs, transforming the room from a formal dining room to a walk-in wardrobe, while a library on the mezzanine level is accessed by a ladder
An enlarged front window fills the double height living room with plenty of natural light
In keeping with the architects’ passion for detail, both houses showcase carefully selected design pieces, such as the vintage Carlo Scarpa chandelier above the dining table...
...as well as meticulously designed bespoke fittings in selected high-quality materials like rare nero portoro marble
A low-ceiling bedroom on the mezzanine level hangs over the main living area overlooking it, but at the same time remaining secluded from view
The architects embraced the property's miniature size, opting to deck out the small bathroom in glamourous mosaic tiles and painting the ceiling black
In contrast, the neighbouring mews house features darker, green-black hues and a more traditional separation of spaces
The '606 Shelving System' by Dieter Rams, for Vitsoe, houses the owner's vast book collection, while the leather daybed is a bespoke piece
Although inherently different in style, the second house shares similar fittings to the first, featuring the same dark ash flooring and lacquered built-in wardrobes
The front living room leads through to a kitchenette with a breakfast bar for two...
...while a staircase leads to the upper level that includes an austere bedroom and bathroom