East London Warehouse Extension

Feix & Merlin Architects, East London, 2014


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A private residential extension to one of the last original warehouse buildings remaining in East London.

The existing building was a three-storey warehouse building, previously used as art gallery with live/work accommodation. The client wanted to create a new extension at roof level to create an artist's painting studio to the front and an home office space to the rear, and a new roof terrace above.

The extension is set back from the front slightly to create a new balcony to the artist’s studio, and set flush to the rear of the office creating a dramatic full-height, full-width glazed elevation taking in the breathtaking views of the City.

Although the existing building is not listed, it is situated in a Conservation Area so it was crucial to work closely with the Conservation Area Design Team at the local authority to develop a sensitive approach to the aesthetic of the architecture and materiality of the external appearance.

The chosen materials palette was purposefully simple, high quality, and complementary to the surrounding architecture, featuring a full height “Crittall-style” steel window screen to the rear as well as a brick and slate front facade facing the square.


  • Begun: Apr 2013
  • Completed: Feb 2014
  • Floor area: 47m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £175,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Feb 2013
  • Procurement: Traditional
  • Address: East London, United Kingdom

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