This late-’80s home by Sean Madigan and Stephen Donald features a facade of recycled bricks and a hollowed-out concrete pillar at the core.
Take a walk along Murray Mews, a cobblestone side street in London, and you might be surprised to find rows of modern homes. Located just off Camden Square, this neighborhood block strikes a stark contrast with the colorful townhomes of Notting Hill. Halfway down the lane stands number 12—distinctive for its geometric design and the way it blends sleek metals with handsome brickwork.
Built in 1988, this 2,100-square-foot home is clad in reclaimed stock bricks, giving it a timeworn look typical of London neighborhoods. The renovated residence offers four bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as several large living areas—including one with a full-width bay window.
The symmetrically stacked facade is centered around the main entrance, which appears to leads upward to a full-width dormer clad in inky metal. Yet, such forms are only made clear upon stepping inside the home.
The Royal Institute of British Architects once hailed the home as an early example of the luxury London mews home. Today the Camden Square Conservation Area is working to preserve the neighborhood's character.
The top level offers a playroom and a secondary family room. It also contains what is perhaps the home's most unexpected feature—a pyramidal window extruding from a central dormer.