Commercial Wharf

Colette Architecture, London, 2013


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  • As Existing    
  • Strip Out    
  • Existing stripped    
  • New Brickwork Walls and Lime Slurry    
  • Fermacell Linings    
  • Adjustments To Existing Downstand Beams    
  • Pivoting and Sliding Doors    
  • Wool Carpet and Porcelain Tiles    
  • White Stained Plywood Joinery    
  • Track detail    

The refurbishment of a warehouse apartment

The design used masonry walls and full height doors to re–order the rear of the flat. These were placed in relation to the existing steels and downstand beams to provide recesses for storage, an alcove to the hall, and to allow the rear of the flat to be closed off from the open plan living space.

Lime slurry was used to repair the existing sand blasted brickwork and to render the distinction between the original English bond and later stretcher bond walls ambiguous.

The doors, linings, and slurried brickwork were all painted off-white and the plywood joinery was sealed with a white stain. In the wet areas the walls were lined with fermacell board and waterproof plaster with the thickness left exposed and decorated in.

A pale grey wool carpet that almost has the appearance of concrete was laid to the bedrooms, and large format porcelain tiles were used for the hall and bathrooms.

The space is lit with a combination of slim led strip fittings and wall mounted black spotlights.


  • Begun: Jan 2013
  • Completed: Oct 2013
  • Floor area: 80m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £135,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Dec 2012
  • Procurement: Negotiated
  • Address: Narrow Street, Limehouse, London, E14, United Kingdom

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