Cross section looking east

The corbels on which these floors rest, designed by Peter Jones, are different at each level. This variety, combined with the cornice in patterned brickwork and the tall round-headed windows, has created a complicated and elegant rear facade which takes full advantage of the light. The conversion won the European Architectural Heritage Year Award in 1976. Do go round into the old mews behind and look closely.1

This is an example of what has happened to many London buildings in recent years. The front facades have been restored and the insides converted to modern use. Truly London is a city of hermit crabs, with old shells being inhabited by newcomers.

 

The mews elevation before and after conversion.


Footnote

  1. Information from Pentagram and from Living by Design, by Pentagram, Pub. Lund Humphries, 1976.

 

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