Behind a row of shopfronts in west London hides the Foundry Mews by architecture studio Project Orange, an infill site that brings back the traditional 17th and 18th century mews design to create a contemporary development of brick studio buildings with residences on top. The buildings replace a dilapidated car repair shop and bring a mix of work spaces and homes to the neighborhood.
The site is long, thin, oddly shaped, and borders many other residences, which posed a challenge for the architects. A mews design seemed to be the perfect solution. The firm designed a series of gabled buildings with with studio spaces on the ground and apartments above. There are eight studios and seven apartments in total.
"We chose to take the model of the artisan mews, where studios and living space share an intimate courtyard setting," explained Christopher Ash, who runs Project Orange with co-director James Soane. "The linked gabled buildings use vernacular forms reminiscent of small-scale workshops," he told Dezeen.