House for Two Artists

Tony Fretton Architects, London, 2005


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  • Context    
  • Street elevation    
  • Elevation detail    
  • Ground-floor living space    
  • First floor    
  • Master Bathroom    
  • View of the split-level roof terrace    
  • Top-floor studio space    
  • New windows at ground level bring natural light into the basement studio    
  • Lower Studio in basement    
  • Lower studio in basement    
  • The rear view of the house    
  • Rear elevation     
  • Site plan    
  • Floor plans    
  • Long Section    
  • Model of scheme    
  • Pre construction    

Conversion of an early 20th century five-storey former clock-makers into a house, painting and sculpture studio for two artists

The architects concentrated on reusing much of the original fabric and making strategic changes to the section and plan to provide inspiring and effective spaces.
A low basement is made into a tall painting studio, by raising part of the roof and creating a split-level terrace in the rear garden above. The third floor provides another studio, for smaller photographic and graphic work, with a window looking out over the city.

The design strategies are resolved in the façade, with the deployment of floor to ceiling windows on the top floor, which align to the parapet and roof windows of the neighbouring buildings.

The street façade is treated with a stucco, which has been over painted with a black glaze, resulting in a street façade which is sympathetic to the surrounding brickwork. The theme of masking is also applied to the windows, which are constructed of timber and finished with bronze anodized aluminium.


  • Begun: Aug 2003
  • Completed: Jan 2005
  • Floor area: 217m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £290,000
  • Funding: Private Client
  • Tender date: Jun 2003
  • Procurement: JCT Intermediate
  • Address: Bitton Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC2M 5UH, United Kingdom

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