Clerkenwell Loft Revisited

Inside Out Architecture, London, 2015


Subscribe now to instantly view this image

Subscribe to the Architects’ Journal (AJ) for instant access to the AJ Buildings Library, an online database of nearly 2,000 exemplar buildings in photographs, plans, elevations and details.

Already a subscriber? Sign in


Jim Stephenson (website)     Download Original

  • Existing General Arrangement    
  • Proposed General Arrangement    
  • Kitchen units plan    
  • Dining bench    
  • Living Room Joinery    
  • Loft No16 - Jewellery Box    

The refurbishment of two neighbouring apartments in a converted East London industrial building

The owners of a 3rd floor apartment in this converted industrial building were in need of more space for their growing family, but loved the area and didn’t want to move out of the city. Their novel solution was to buy part of their next-door-neighbour’s apartment, taking the opportunity to refurbish both, resulting in adjoining projects within the same industrial shell but with very different outcomes.

In the family home at No.15, our choice of materials aimed to create a light and playful atmosphere, incorporating the clients’ love of design classics. With space being tight, most partitions were transformed into useful pieces of joinery.

At No.16, our client was a single male professional. Our choice of materials aimed to create a calm and sophisticated series of spaces. At the heart of the project is a simple-looking timber box, secretly containing the main bathroom, storage, study, kitchen units and space dividing panels. This box divided a triangular plan, forming an entrance lobby, kitchen, gallery space and main living area.


  • Begun: Jun 2014
  • Completed: Mar 2015
  • Floor area: 126m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £180,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Feb 2014
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works with Contractor's Design
  • Address: 15 & 16 Warner House, 43-49 Warner Street, London, EC1R 5ER, United Kingdom

Professional Team