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Apartment at Bow Quarter / Studio Verve Architects

  • 01:00 - 18 April, 2012
Apartment at Bow Quarter / Studio Verve Architects
Apartment at Bow Quarter / Studio Verve Architects, © Luke White
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  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architect

    Studio Verve Architects
  • Project Team

    Vivian Chan, Fernando Molines, Ula Witkowska
  • Structural Engineer

    Engenuiti
  • Builder

    Caldera Construction
  • Area

    72.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

From the architect. Bow Quarters is a beautiful seven-acre Grade-II listed residential development set within a historic site of the converted Bryant and May matchbox factory. The site is separated from the Olympic Park by the Black wall Tunnel. Studio Verve was shortlisted and invited to provide design proposals for the conversion of one of the mezzanine apartments into a two-bedroom flat.

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The proposal required ingenious almost ‘Rubik-cube like’ solutions to meet the ambitious programmatic brief of the client whilst responding to the challenging structural constraints. Two vastly different design approaches were worked through and presented; each providing dramatic spatial experience within the walls and high industrial windows of the original factory.

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Studio Verve was selected to work through one of the schemes and have just completed the project on site. The entire interiors including the existing mezzanine structure was completely gutted; and reinserted with a new mezzanine structure to take advantage of the high volume industrial space.

A feature Ipe timber fin wall bisects the volume; with an Oak stairs leading one up to the mezzanine bedroom with a frameless glass balustrade overlooking the dramatic double-height lounge and dining space below. Concealed door is created within the fin wall- that leads into the ground floor bedroom, bathroom and media/storage utility. A full-height bookshelf separates the cloak cabinet space and kitchen from the main lounge looking onto the original high industrial window.

The linearity of the timber fins contrast well against the exposed brick walls of the original factory and the new oak flooring. Feature micro-mosaic tiling is consistently used as both the backs plash to a lava black kitchen and bespoke wash hand basin counter and bath. All the joinery was bespoke-designed to accommodate as much storage within the overall volume whilst providing a calm well-detailed scheme.

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Eugenia Pignataro · June 21, 2012

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Wai Lui · June 21, 2012

This is beautiful... love, love, love -> Apartment at Bow Quarter / Studio Verve Architects | ArchDaily http://t.co/bSYXc8Jb via @archdaily

Zainab Gaafar · April 20, 2012

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DoorandWindowParts · April 20, 2012

For a tiny/narrow building, this apartment in London has an awful lot of light in it-- we love the arched window... http://t.co/Wg0mWevP

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Gosia Kung · April 20, 2012

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brian kirwan · April 20, 2012

Very Nice conversion by my partners practice

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bojan pavlovic · April 19, 2012

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Vivian Chan · April 19, 2012

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Vivian Chan · April 19, 2012

Thanks for your comments. Well-spotted. As it was originally a matchbox factory- the ceiling was dropped to ensure a smooth underside with the cross beams- hence leaving only a pelmet detail (for electric blinds) for the window. The kitchen and cloakroom were essential items in the client's design brief- hence their corresponding sizes- especially important for entertaining.

the_Dude · April 19, 2012

Nice detailing, maybe the f.c. at the windows could have been curved into the room (to reflect the type of opening).
Is it me or is the kitchen & cloak rm. huge for this size apt?

PatrickLBC · April 18, 2012

Gorgeous! I only wish the ceiling was a bit higher, for a cleaner detail at the window. Otherwise a great project.

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