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THE FACTORY, NILE STREET, OLD STREET/CITY ROAD, LONDON N1
1 bedroom apartment
area: 1100sqft / 100sqm
construction cost: £130,000 This 1 bed apartment within an 8-year old warehouse conversion, was bought by a client with a view to transforming it into a home tailored specifically to his needs, as well as an environment that would inspire him to undertake a radical change in career and lifestyle and become a writer. As a response it was decided to return the apartment to a more authentic warehouse aesthetic by stripping out the lightweight and poor quality fit out and replacing it with a mixture of new and reclaimed industrial materials/textures. To make use of quite considerable areas of empty space down the length of the wide existing hallway a series of ‘timber crates’ were ‘stacked’ on top of each other to house a number of functions, concealing a great deal of additional storage at high level along with a utility area, and services cupboards. An open area amongst the crates provided a new study area within the hallway itself whilst a separate guest wc was hidden within the largest of the ‘crates’ adjacent to the bathroom. The existing timber floorboards were stained darker to contrast with the lighter crates. A range of reclaimed and salvaged materials were used throughout the apartment from rusted sheet steel on a 3m sliding door panel to the bedroom, eastern european factory/theatre light fittings, railway sleepers for shelves and door frames along with second hand furniture such as church pews, medical display case, zinc topped dining table, and antique mirror. Natural materials and rustic textures such as handmade glazed tiles were countered by a high gloss kitchen, sleek bathroom fittings and new sofas to bring eclecticism, honesty, solidity and a bit of ‘soul’ to the apartments spaces.