Lant Street / Dow Jones Architects

A great factory reconversion by British practice Dow Jones Architects with a great mixture of , wood and concrete.

Architect’s description and more images after the break.

The project involved the conversion of the top two floors of a Victorian former clog-making factory into a home for a filmmaker. It makes somewhere in the city from which to withdraw from a busy working life, and a place of reflection which takes advantage of the wonderful city views around it.

The existing roof structure is removed and replaced with two steel and timber box girders, big enough to be habitable, which span the brick walls and create a new horizon at roof level. As well as supporting the new roof, the girders provide an organisational structure, creating a territory of enclosure and screening. The space formed inside one girder is a rooftop ʻthinking roomʼ, 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. Different terraces occupy the spaces between these two enclosures. These spaces are seen as being analogous to sweetmeat rooms on the roofs of English renaissance palaces.

On the lower floors interventions into the existing building are minimal. A bathroom and kitchen are formed from in-situ concrete, conceived as large pieces of furniture built within the existing brick fabric of the building. These items of furniture are used to delineate space and create thresholds in lieu of physical walls.

Cite: "Lant Street / Dow Jones Architects" 06 Mar 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • Contemporary Art

    I’m so glad that you also post renovations; this is one of my favorite projects you’ve posted to date. Just fantastic. Perfect for an art collectore, perfect for anyone. It really sings.

  • Artur Viveiros

    I quite like DOW Jones… they embody an almost Scandinavian tradition with simplicity of materials giving it a somewhat vernacular feel – great use of the old in juxtaposing the new features and living.

  • musser

    Completely relevant and non-fussy. Smart work. I could be very happy here.

  • Thomas

    Beautiful project, marvelously crafted, all natural materials and great spaces without a single feeling of overstatement or competition with the old…

  • richie


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  • John

    Ya really nice, looks like a cold place to have a bath though.