The exuberant and colourful interior of this house belies its difficult site and limited size. Mews houses were never designed for family life but the architect and interior designer employed to transform this London property came up with some clever ideas. The key to the project was the design of an inner courtyard that would allow light and, crucially, fresh air into the house. The front facade is protected but everything behind it was completely rebuilt, the courtyard, or atrium, becoming a focal point as part garden and part work of art.
The use of large sections of glass brings in the light, and walls of mirrored glass inside reflect and enlarge the spaces. Sliding glass doors and an electronically operated glass roof allow the house to be opened up or closed according to the weather. This kind of flexibility has only recently been made possible, now that advanced technology enables glass to be used even in a fire zone. A vivid palette of primary colours against a white background looks modern, young and efficient, white spots and circles are an amusing and simple geometric motif.