Mews Studio

  • Private
  • Cambridge
  • Nov 2011 - Aug 2013

After meeting the Client at a timber construction workshop, Roots Design Workshop was appointed to produce designs for a new Studio Workshop at his home in Cambridge.

The site is in the back garden of a terraced property, adjacent to a mews parking court. The Team faced the challenge of designing a building with a flexible light interior on a tight narrow site in a way such that it could be easily constructed by the Client himself.

In close consultation with the Client, the solution was for a 2 storey building, rectangular in plan, with a dual pitched roof, a profiled sheeting finish externally, and a sheet timber finish internally. To provide the necessary space internally and for the rest of the garden, the building occupies the full width of the site and is placed at its far end.

The ground floor contains space for a vehicle with worktops to the rear, while the first floor contains a Wetroom, Kitchenette and a Studio space. The first floor is open to the roof apex, which in combination with a series of rooflights, creates a bright, light space. Light tubes are also proposed to bring natural light to the ground floor where being tight onto 2 neighbouring boundaries no windows are included on the long sides. A solar thermal hot water system, a solid fuel stove on the first floor, and a rational ‘first principles’ construction design contribute to this being a sustainable design. A contemporary oriel window on the gabled west elevation mimicks the parallelogram geometry of the site, tying the building to it.

The Team believe that they have created a design that is equally practical and beautiful.


Want to learn more?…

If you have a building project in mind, or simply require specialist guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us. We offer free no obligation design consultations to help projects get started, so we would be delighted to hear from you.

Roots Design Workshop is a professionally accredited architectural practice. We specialise in contemporary designs of traditional rural buildings. We have particular expertise in sustainable, energy efficient solutions. We offer architectural design and project management services.  We have experience of working on restorations, alterations, extensions and new builds.  Our Clients range from private individuals to public national bodies.  We work on feasibility studies, planning permissions, building warrants, technical specification packages and can manage building work on site.

Our aim has been to make our services available to the isolated and under-served communities in rural Scotland.

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Mews Studio, by Roots Design Workshop