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Chris Dyson Architects

Chris Dyson Architects

London, UK


Chris Dyson Architects - The Cooperage

Chris Dyson Architects

Believed to have built in the early 1900s, this former brewery cooperage on a tight site in Central London had already been in residential use since the 1990s. CDA were invited to prepare a scheme for the extension and complete renovation of the property.

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Peter Landers















The Cooperage is located on a tight, former industrial site in Central London. The building had been unsympathetically converted to residential use in the 1990’s.

CDA rationalised the plan, arranging generous, open plan family spaces on the lower levels with more private rooms at higher levels. Expanding the basement and removing a large section of the ground floor slab created a triple height, top lit living space. A suspended, freestanding steel and timber staircase rationalised the vertical circulation and pays homage to the building’s industrial past.
A contemporary second floor extension, set back from the existing brick walls, replaced a non-original lead mansard roof. Clad in patinated bronze panels, it is distinguished from the original brick cooperage structure yet still takes cues from the buildings language through its proportions, layout of the new windows and overall industrial aesthetic.

The cramped site and CDA's desire to protect parts of the original building meant that construction was logistically challenging. Precise phases were formulated in advance ensuring that construction could proceed smoothly. First the basement had to be enlarged, then scaffolding for the roof extension had to be built off the basement floor, avoiding the original roof. Once the scaffolding was up no works could take place in the lower ground floor until the roof extension was completed.

Word from the architect

Although not Listed; it was a high priority for us to preserve and celebrate the remaining original features. The design and construction process enabled us to gain a deep understanding of The Cooperage’s industrial history and opened new opportunities for its role as a contemporary family dwelling.