Lant Street

An apartment in a remodelled victorian warehouse in Borough, London

This project is for the conversion of the top two floors of a Victorian former clog-making factory into a home for a film maker. It makes somewhere from which to withdraw from a busy working life, and a place of reflection which takes advantage of the building's panoramic city views.

The existing pitched roof structure was removed and replaced with two oak box girders, which span the brick walls and create a new horizon at roof level. The box girders are inhabited and provide an organisational structure, creating a territory of enclosure and screening. The space formed inside one girder is a roof top 'thinking room', with views across the terrace and the city beyond. The other girder is glazed to create a room-like window bringing light and volume down to the floor below, as well as a covered terrace at roof level. Different gardens occupy the spaces between these two enclosures.

The existing floors below are stripped back to reveal the brick perimeter, with new insertions in concrete and timber forming the different spaces. The concrete is shuttered with oak tongue and groove boarding, to match the timber walls and provide continuity.

The landscape of the roof terrace above provides a space to re-connect to the city, recalling the sweetmeat rooms on the roofs of English Baroque palaces.


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Structural Engineer:

Alan Baxter & Partners

Contractor:

Mark Richardson & Co Ltd

Concrete Installation Contractor:

White & Reid

Concrete Consultant:

David Bennett Associates

Publications

'Lant Street', in: Detail Magazine
(Berlin, Germany: Jan. 1, 2010)

'Simply Does It', in: Mark Magazine
(London, UK: Feb. 1, 2009)

'Lofty Ideas', in: Grand Designs Magazine
(London, UK: Nov. 1, 2005)

'Skyline Celebration', in: Architecture Today
(London, UK: March 1, 2008)

'Industrial Revolution', in: Elle Decoration
(London, UK: Nov. 1, 2011)

'Period Design', in: Period Design, Bonhams Knightsbridge
(London, UK: July 1, 2010)

'Lant Street Southwark', in: New London Architecture Exhibition Publication
(London, UK: May 1, 2010)

'Concrete Ideas', in: Vogue Australia
(Alexandria, NSW, Australia: April 1, 2010)

'Scenes De Bains', in: AMC
(France: April 1, 2010)

'Address Book', in: AJ Specification
(London, UK: July 1, 2007)

'Beyond Modernism', in: Blueprint
(London, UK: April 1, 2006)

'Dow Jones Architects. Lant Street. London', in: a+t Reclaim Domestic Actions
(Álava, Spain: Dec. 21, 2013)

'Lant Street, London', in: Divisare
(Rome, Italy: March 27, 2013)