Private Client | Belsize Park, London 2005-2007

More than doubling the floor space of a compact family home in central London, Moxon extended the rear of the brick-façade mews building with a glass addition, framed in black rubber. At ground floor, this allows the home to open up to its outdoor space. The first floor, conversely, is wrapped in a Red Cedar brise soleil.

Inhibiting solar gain in the summer and providing privacy from neighbours, the horizontal wood slats more importantly help maintain a sense of compact domestic charm that is the soul and appeal of the mews. With some of the brise soleil cutting across windows, the resulting variation in pattern offers informality and also cleverly works to define and give substance to the glass railing of a Juliet balcony.