Mark Stevens Architects-Mayfair-Residential-Renovation-Central-London 1001


An attentive design approach harmoniously blends old and new at this Grade II listed Georgian terrace in London’s Mayfair. The result is a quietly composed home perfect for modern life.

The carefully considered refurbishment, designed in collaboration with the homeowner, pays homage to the original intent of the building, modernising the first-floor apartment while meticulously restoring original features and removing insensitive additions.

A series of subtle interventions allow the existing building to take centre stage. Freestanding joinery, panelling, and sliding and folding planes add a new layer of life to this first-floor apartment, delineating different areas for living and sleeping. These elements have been designed to be easily reversed, allowing for future flexibility while preserving the existing building fabric.

The non-original mezzanine was replaced with a new Cross Laminated Timber structure, lined in white American oak and finished in a Venetian polished plaster to the underside. This new structure spans the open-plan kitchen, housing the principal bedroom above. A dramatic dark steel panel serves as a balustrade to the apartment’s staircase, contrasting with the cool tones of the original plasterwork and mouldings to create a stunning focal point.

Materials and colours throughout the apartment are natural and pared back, creating an overarching sense of calm.

“Careful attention was paid to the distances and junctions between the historic layers and additions so that old and new appear to quietly co-exist, complementing each other both visually and programmatically.” – Mark Stevens