Mile End Road: Refurbishment, Reconfiguration and Part Reconstruction of A Top Floor Apartment

This existing apartment is located in Mile End, London, England. Finished by VINE Architecture Studio, Mile End Road is about a refurbishment, reconfiguration, and part reconstruction of a top floor apartment. With the help of a level change and roof valley, this apartment spaces can provide undulating height and rhythm to animate and unite the apartment.

Design

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Accessed via a shared stairwell, this apartment is in not a good condition with offices below the stairwell. The architect tries to rationalize the apartment layout then retaining the intersecting load-bearing masonry walls. These walls subdivide the apartment space into equal quarters, defining the four living functions of sleeping, relaxing, dining, and washing.

 

Details

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The roof valley and a level change in this house can help to demarcate the spaces and provide undulating rhythm and height. Both height and rhythm are designed to animate and unite the apartment. Through the wall to wall roof lights, the soft north light washes smoothly in the double dual-pitched roof above. The full height 3-layer spruce panels are used as sliding double doors for the wide bedroom opening.

 

Materials

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The same stained spruce panels that used as the sliding double doors are used for the cabinetry of the adjacent kitchen. The sweeping spiral stair is painted in a vivid yellow, adding a sculptural element because visually it connects the two terraces of the apartment. These terraces allow the residents to enjoy the rooftop views over East London.

 

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Karin Hoover

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci
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