A Compact Apartment in London by a Craft-Oriented Architect

February 05, 2015 10:00 AM

BY Julie Carlson

The two-level, 639-square-foot flat in a Victorian row house in Hermon Hill, London, had been stripped of its original detail and was a blank slate when London architect Carl Trenfield first saw it. The lower level, where the two bedrooms are located, was dark and featureless, and the upper level was lacking in charm. Trenfield, who specializes in what he calls “adding new layers to revered housing types,” devised a simple, craft-led scheme to create a modern look for the flat. Did we mention it’s for sale via The Modern House?

Photography via The Modern House.  

Above: The exterior of the Victorian row house.

Above: The upper floor is open plan and has a sitting area at the front, a dining space in the middle, and a kitchen at the rear. 

Above: A ribbon of plywood wraps around the entire upper level uniting the space visually.

Above: A view of the kitchen.

Above: The plywood stairwell is detailed with a design of dots and crosses, referencing the decorative motifs of William Morris (a museum dedicated to his work is nearby).

Above: A small dining area.

Above: The stairway leads to two lower-level bedrooms.

Above: A modest master bedroom. 

Above: The shower room has vinyl flooring from Swedish company Bolon and Villeroy & Boch fittings.

Above: The second bedroom has a recessed desk area.

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