Above: Orford Mews by gs8, Walthamstow, London.

gs8’s team, including architect Michael Lynas of Studio Anyo and Kirsten Henson of KLH Sustainability, were asked to eliminate any traditional design and engineering methods and challenged to find new solutions over a four year period. Orford Mews represents the realisation of gs8’s aspiration to create truly sustainable, viable and future-proofed city dwellings without compromising building aesthetics. Crucially, the dwellings will be liveable and user friendly driven by the simplicity of design. The resultant framework has been designed to apply to future projects both residential and commercial.

Architect Michael Lynas devised the contemporary mews homes by incorporating a series of passive design elements including living walls and roofs, material choices including timber and reclaimed brick, innovative thermal massing solutions, and roof orientation to optimise solar energy generation.

Michael Lynas from Studio Anyo comments, “Our vision for Orford Mews was to create a high quality, efficient design framework that would result in a truly sustainable development. We incorporated a series of design choices to realise this including the availability of local materials, compact massing to reduce heat loss, a bespoke south-facing roof design, strategic window placement to retain heat and capture daylight and material choices driven by purpose and simplicity.”