MEWS HOUSE CONVERSION, 2001
in a mews house three towers reach for light
one for cooking and washing, one for sitting and sleeping, one for storage and stairs
By day, the towers in Young House find the sunlight. By night, they offer the light back.
Each tower houses a different function: cooking and washing, sitting and sleeping, storage
and stairs. Constructed of slated timber boards, each tower has a colour changing light
that alters and redefines the spaces within and around it.
The connecting floors are glossy resin plates that reflect the lit towers above and below.
Their hues shift from blue in the depth of the basement to white at the light upper level.
Formed by the morphology of time and season, the rooms change from cool blue to hot
red, to reflect on the time of year, day, and the people.
Architects Tonkin Liu
Location London, UK
Size 150 m²
Structural Engineer Mike Hadi Associates
Lighting Design Tonkin Liu & Mind’s Eyes
Main Contractor Capital
Completion August 2001
Awards RIBA National Award; Stephen Lawrence Award finalist