After winning the RIBA best building award for their first development and being shortlisted for their second, Solidspace have just announced their third project; a private mews of three detached, contemporary houses in Crystal Palace, the highest point in South London and former Victorian playground spa.
The houses are designed by MW Architects. Outside they’re a modern take on the local Victorian and 1930s vernacular; elegant slim-line brickwork & modern chimneys under slate roofs, and timber casement windows in place of their peers’ sashes. Inside however, the houses couldn’t be more different to their neighbours. Each measuring 115sq m, they utilise a split-section layout where the floorplan is opened up and offset by half a storey, with a central staircase to eliminate the dark corridors of a standard Victorian terrace.
The design centres on a large and family-friendly dining kitchen that opens out to a landscaped rear garden. Go up half a storey and you’re in the living room; a further half storey brings you to a galleried study. Continuing up the stairs you come to the bedrooms and bathrooms. Each house has an off street parking space.
Eco-credentials come in the shape of extreme air-tightness, high-performance double-glazing and a heat recovery/ventilation system that refreshes the atmosphere inside, pumps out old stale air and uses the heat from that to warm the new air coming in. This lowers energy use and heating costs.
The houses are available off plan and buyers can tailor their specification, and not just through the regular choice of kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and tiles. Light switches and audio-visual wiring & installation can be selected and even the staircase and balustrade can be upgraded.
Solidspace (solidspace.co.uk) is led by the eminent London architect Roger Zogolovitch and his son Gus. Gus lives in their RIBA-nominated Zog House. ”All my friends want to live in my house, which I take as a good sign” Gus said. “Great architecture is not just about what a building looks like from the outside, but the feeling you get when you’re inside. Modern life demands flexible and bright spaces. For me, whatever we’re designing, it’s about creating moments of delight so we like to collaborate with young, up and coming architectural practices. Our first development at One Centaur Street launched the career of DRMM. This time it’s no different and Essex Mews has been designed with the local practice, MW Architects.”
Crystal Palace appeared on the radar of more buyers in 2010, when it joined the London Overground, cutting the journey time to the City to about 30 minutes. The service now extends to Highbury & Islington, one stop from Eurostar at St Pancras. Two local stations directly serve London Bridge and Victoria and Crystal Palace has no less than 18 bus routes, including 4 night services.
Strangers to Crystal Palace will discover an urban village at the top of the city, with a thriving bar, restaurant and vintage scene. Home to one of London’s largest parks, it’s a suburb almost everyone has heard of, whether or not they’ve been there.
Solidspace received a number of awards for their first development, One Centaur Street in SE1, including the coveted RIBA best building award. It also appears in The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture. Their next project, Zog House, was shortlisted for a RIBA prize and has also been the subject of numerous articles. During the last Open House weekend it was rated the best residential house to see by the Daily Telegraph and one of the top ten buildings to visit by the Evening Standard.
The houses of Essex Mews are available to buy off-plan for customers to bespoke their interior to the way they want it. More information from the sole selling agents, New London on 0845 643 1500 or at newlondon.co.uk/.