Barbican apartment

Rozeman Architects, London, 2015

 

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The refurbishment of an apartment in the Barbican Estate's Lauderdale Tower

A listed three-bedroom apartment in Lauderdale tower was redesigned to provide a highly personalised home for its owner, made possible by relocating several walls and replacing the existing kitchen.

The process resembled the fitting of a tailored suit: bespoke built-in teakwood furniture and dark red and blue-grey cabinet work created a unique space that also resonates with the listed Barbican architecture. Vitsoe furniture and shelving was selected for its quality and timeless modernist feel.

The design aims to express the distinct configuration of spaces and embedded geometries of the Barbican tower blocks: a free flowing lounge space, outward looking through the large window panes and out onto the balcony finds a counterpoint in the dark steel-grey volume that contains the bathrooms and utility spaces associated with the core of the tower block. The 'nook', under the distinctively curved concrete cantilever balconies of the tower, is treated as an indoor-outdoor space with the textures and colours of wall and ceiling matching the exterior concrete.

Daylighting and artificial LED lighting was used extensively to enhance the architectural and carefully control illuminated surfaces; this includes a biodynamic coved ceiling feature in the meditation room which allows light colour temperature and brightness to be carefully calibrated to suit one's mood or the time of day.

Data

  • Begun: Jul 2015
  • Completed: Dec 2015
  • Floor area: 100m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £160,000
  • Funding: private
  • Tender date: Jun 2015
  • Procurement: RIBA DOM BC 2014
  • Address: 92 Lauderdale Tower, Barbican, London, EC2Y 8BY, United Kingdom

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