Inside Murray Mews, a narrow London home with modern look and clever layout

Murray Mews has been praised as the most architecturally impressive street in Camden. A quiet cobbled lane off Camden Square in North London, it has attracted renowned and ambitious architects since the 1960s. Along the row of Victorian terraces, many modern extensions and adaptations can be seen as architects tackle the narrow builds and height constraints of a typical London mews. One property is currently on the market with specialist estate agency The Modern House: designed by architect David Roberts in the 1980s, it is an exemplary modern adaptation of a mini mews house.

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The property is long and narrow, yet it is inventively arranged over five levels, using every space within the building resourcefully and imaginatively. Every loft space, basement and corner has been transformed into a useful room, yet the interiors do not feel fragmented or small. On the contrary, the main central living space is bright, spacious and lofty. With a double-pitched ceiling and white walls throughout, the tall space flows upwards, with various areas separated by a few steps and simple railings rather than walls.

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Large skylights allow light to pour into the rooms. The modern fitted kitchen and dining space lead up some space-saving stairs to the sitting room above on a mezzanine. No light is blocked, yet the rooms feel separated and distinct.

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Far above, tucked under the skylight is a further mezzanine. Although reduced in height, this space is currently used as a bedroom – the occupant may bump their head but they get to sleep under the stars.

Throughout the house, the white walls and pale wooden floors unite the spaces and create a flowing sense of style. The modernist windows, railings and wood-work is reflected in the current mid-century décor furnishing the house plus the odd bold colour splash. The original front door, in bright orange with a modern slit window, is entered from the courtyard garden to the side of the house. The door’s modernist appeal and discreet positioning reflects the unique scheme of the entire home.

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