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The refurbishement of an apartment in a former industrial warehouse in Clerkenwell,
William Tozer Associates
Looking from the kitchen across the living space offers a glimpsed view into the more private areas of the project, while the glass partition enclosing the study reflects a view of the same glazing system on the exterior wall of the original building.
Different spaces present varying intensities of new and old building elements of steel, glass, brick, concrete, timber, and paint finishes.
Rectilinear planes and volumes loosely divide zones of the open-plan spaces, while concealed doors enable discrete rooms to be enclosed.
The gridded glass and steel room partitions echo the industrial-style windows in the exterior walls of the original building.
The ensuite master bathroom appears open-plan to the bedroom?soft edges offered by a change in floor material and the intersection glazed and concrete walls?but can be enclosed using a door concealed to the adjacent white wall
Walls of peeling paint floorboards, board-form concrete and formwork create a sense of engagement with the processes of demolition and construction.
The finished project resembles the exploded axonometric drawing, presenting the various elements of the design?brick building envelope, original concrete grid of beams, and new composition of sculptural planes and volumes?as legibly distinct and separate from one another.
The project treats as a found object the industrial building within which it is sited. Existing building components are either presented as raw materials—brick, concrete, and steel—to announce their found object status, or curated with a white paint finish to relate to the modern insertions. The new architectural components are similarly either presented as sculptural rectilinear planes and volumes of a single material, or detailed to appear as ambiguously either new or old—such as the warehouse-style glass partitions, and the peeling paint wall panels. The distinctly new materials are either continuous planes of a single material, such as concrete, timber, or a white paint finish—or detailed to register the process of their construction, like the wall clad in board-form cast concrete adjacent to a wall clad in the boards themselves. Mirror is used to visually separate compositional elements where use requires continuity for enclosure.