Clerkenwell Warehouse Loft / InsideOut

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  • Architects: InsideOut
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2583 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Jim Stephenson
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Delta Light, Design Space, Kahrs
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Clerkenwell Warehouse Loft / InsideOut - Table, Windows, Beam
© Jim Stephenson

Text description provided by the architects. InsideOut have refurbished this 2,583-square- foot apartment in Clerkenwell, central London. The design focused on enhancing the industrial aesthetic of the existing building by enhancing the “dramatic geometry” of the crisscrossing concrete beams on the existing apartment’s ceilings. This involved stripping away years-old drywall to expose more of the apartment’s concrete shell.

Clerkenwell Warehouse Loft / InsideOut - Sofa, Table, Chair, Windows, Beam
© Jim Stephenson

A number of spaces were “inserted” including a TV room, 2 bedrooms, separate family and guest bathrooms, a utility room and an adaptable guest room. The inserts came in the form of numerous bespoke simple joinery pieces that emphasize the texture and strength of the concrete beams and columns.

Clerkenwell Warehouse Loft / InsideOut - Table, Beam, Countertop
© Jim Stephenson
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Clerkenwell Warehouse Loft / InsideOut - Chair
© Jim Stephenson

“It was important to us, as we devised a new layout for the apartment, that we retained the open, loft-like qualities of the space. We wanted to make sure that this dramatic concrete ceiling appeared to float above the walls, unifying the apartment. The new partitions and joinery pieces were, therefore, designed to stop short of the concrete structures, expressed as objects placed into the space rather than something that divided it up.” – Stephen Kavanagh - Project Architect

Clerkenwell Warehouse Loft / InsideOut - Windows, Table, Beam
© Jim Stephenson

Despite their simple expression, the joinery pieces house a wealth of concealed functions, including fold-out beds, integrated radiators, storage units, kitchen appliances, glazed screens, curtain recesses, sliding partitions, and the entire family bathroom. All of the joinery in the project is bespoke, made to suit.

Clerkenwell Warehouse Loft / InsideOut - Sofa, Chair, Beam
© Jim Stephenson

In combination, the project’s lighting, tones and textures collude to create a series of tranquil domestic space amidst the bustle of central London.

Clerkenwell Warehouse Loft / InsideOut - Shelving
© Jim Stephenson

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Address:Clerkenwell, London, United Kingdom

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Cite: "Clerkenwell Warehouse Loft / InsideOut" 11 Aug 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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