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Box and walk-on rooflights enhance extensive roof terrace in luxurious London mews house

Farm Street Mews, London

Overview/brief:

Glazing Vision rooflights were used in the re-construction of this mews house situated in the prime real estate and conservation area of Mayfair, London. The building is an exceptional example of stunning architecture and elegant, contemporary interiors. Whilst adding a majestic character to the mews itself with its dark brick façade and impactful balcony, the outer appearance belies the vast size of the residence internally. After the demolition of the former mews house and after 2 years of construction, which had even necessitated underpinning the neighbouring houses, this property now accommodates a basement with indoor pool, lower ground floor with cinema room, open plan living and dining space, 2 floors of bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as additional terraced balconies.

Keeping the interiors bright and airy throughout was key to the design concept – floor to ceiling windows and Flushglaze Walk On Rooflights from Glazing Vision were installed to maximise the daylight where it would have been otherwise compromised on the ground and second floors. In addition, a Glazing Vision 3 Wall Box Rooflight provides unimpeded access from an internal staircase to the impressive roof terrace, which is recessed down 1 1/2metres between 2 pitched roofs and which offers a vast outdoor space for entertaining, dining and relaxing.

Solution:

Two Flushglaze Walk On rooflights were specified by the architect to negate the risk of potential dark spots appearing in the dining zone and living area on the ground floor. Engineered by Glazing Vision to bespoke sizes and to meet the future projected foot traffic upon them, they were seamlessly integrated into the balconied terrace on the second floor, thus shedding light through to the bench seating in the kitchen and lounge. Their minimal internal framework was in keeping with the contemporary aesthetic of the interior, and both rooflights augment the quality and quantity of light entering this open plan area, even extending out towards the central stairwell and landing.

Two further custom-sized Flushglaze Walk On Rooflights installed on the roof terrace add an intricate design detail but also create a wow factor. Perfect for flat roof terraces, these rooflights lie flush with the wooden decking. Again tested to allow for regular foot traffic and to bear the weight of terrace furniture, the rooflights offer complete safety and watertight integrity. On the second floor below, the two windowless bathrooms are flooded with the light coming through these rooflights – indeed such is the brightness of these rooms that privacy blinds have been installed for occasional use.

Seeking to optimise the very large roof space that had been created (4m x 8m) the architect specified Glazing Vision’s 3 Wall Box Rooflight, which would offer easy access all year round to the roof terrace and also provide a contemporary glass feature. For the accommodation of the 3 wall mounted box rooflight a timber box frame had to be built which abutted the exposed brick wall behind. The property’s imposing central staircase provides access to the box rooflight, which in turn maximises the light falling down the stairwell to the bottom of the house. At a touch of a button from an access keypad, the sliding roof retracts to give a 50% clear opening with no “bowing of the head” necessary. The operation is quiet and safe, and the provision of a rain sensor ensures closure from inclement weather.

To find out more about design considerations for your project, please call our technical department on 01379 353 741 or request a CPD.

Products and dimensions:
2 no bespoke Flushglaze walk on rooflights dimensions 956mm x 956mm
2 no bespoke Flushglaze walk on rooflights dimensions 1280mm x 2480mm
1 no standard 3 wall Box rooflight dimensions 2400mm x 2500mm x 1021mm

Products Used:
Flushglaze Walk On Rooflight, Three Wall Box Rooflight

Client:

Private client

Architect:

AB Associates

Applications:
Residential

Glazing Vision are the technical experts in the design, manufacture and supply of precision engineered, architectural rooflights for residential and commercial buildings.

Their rooflight design ethos is to ‘minimise framework – maximise daylight’. Glazing Vision’s designs are both elegant and sophisticated, meeting thermal and performance criteria that are often unique to the location or environment of the rooflight.

Glazing Vision carry out installations either through their in-house installers or via a network of glazing installation specialists. Available at any location across the UK, their installation teams have even travelled as far as America to install bespoke rooflights into incredible buildings.