London, Defoe Road by Paper House Project

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  • Location: Hackney, London, N16, United Kingdom
  • Budget: £350,000.00
  • Year : 2016
  • Floor area: 115m2
  • Client: Paper House Project Developments
  • Services Provided: Full RIBA Services


    Architects: Paper House Project

    Photography : Rory Gardiner

    This conversion project creates a home from a dilapidated and landlocked warehouse, transforming it into a light-filled house that not only improves the area but brings life back to the neglected space.

    Rights of way, freeholder and leaseholder consents, local residents and a 90m service trench across third party land, all added to the logistical complexities of renovating a historical building with major structural problems on a difficult site. Reduced access required a kit of parts to be designed that would be fabricated off site.

    The design focused on creating an open-plan, two-bedroom house with an industrial aesthetic in keeping with its original purpose. This meant the building needed to be completely renovated.

    The concept was to create a series of complex structural interventions to open up the space and add light and height to create a practical, modern space. Bespoke extended leg steel trusses and cable rod supports were designed to support the new slate roof and a high-level perimeter ring beam with concrete corner bonders holds the original brick envelope together, whilst allowing large new window openings to be formed.

    The resulting property is a hidden gem behind the bustling high street. By retaining the original envelope, volume, and footprint of the warehouse, this project illustrates the possibilities and benefits of recycling old buildings and adaptive re-use in a cost-effective and innovative way.

    Paper House Project

Paper House Project

Founding Paper House Project in 2012, James wanted to create a multi-disciplinary practice focussed on creating unique spaces through innovation and collaboration. Having previously worked for Eric Parry Architects in London, and OMA in New York, James has been involved in a number of high-profile and award-winning civic and commercial projects. James has a particular interest in the crossover between architecture and development, specifically adaptive re-use and affordable housing. He has extensive experience delivering complex projects to a high standard through creative solutions and his knowledge of construction. James is an ARB registered architect, having gained his degree and masters in architecture at The Bartlett, UCL.

John joined Paper House Project in 2015, having previously worked with James, with extensive experience at a variety of award winning practices in Barcelona, Belfast, and London, including Eric Parry Architects where he worked on a number of prestigious residential projects. He studied Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art, developing a particular interest in sustainable design and construction techniques. John has expertise in delivering large scale residential projects in London and the Middle East. He has extensive knowledge of the planning system and a keen eye for detail having led on a number of high-end residential projects. John is an ARB registered Architect.




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