Lloyd Warehouse

Cassion Castle Architects, London, 2011


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Staircase detail 

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  • Staircase detail    
  • Dining and living spaces    
  • Dining space and kitchen    
  • Staircase detail    
  • View of the staircase from the entrance hallway    
  • View of staircase on second floor    
  • View up into the roof extension    
  • Roof extension interior    
  • View of the roof extension from the railway    
  • Extension and roof garden    
  • View of the warehouse from street level    
  • The roof extension as seen from the street    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Roof plan    
  • Staircase elevation    
  • Front elevation    
  • Staircase details    

New staircase and extension for a converted former print works in London Fields, Hackney

The project was an exercise in knowing when to alter and when to leave alone. The clients had been living in the building for some time and as such had established certain living spaces successfully. These we didn’t touch.

The primary architectural intervention was to create a new staircase, from Douglas Fir plywood, which weaves through the centre of the building. Moving the staircase to this new location unlocked the space enabling a much more efficient and successful layout throughout the building. The staircase culminates in a new garden room at roof level.

This space is conceived as a continuation of the staircase. As such, it is lined entirely in matching plywood. This room is then wrapped externally with zinc, for weatherproofing. The zinc is a contextual reference to the galvanized metalwork on the raised railway alongside.


  • Begun: May 2008
  • Completed: Dec 2011
  • Floor area: 240m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £236,000
  • Procurement: Design and Build
  • Address: 45 Ellingfort Road, London, E8 3PA, United Kingdom

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