These 19th century warehouses in London's Covent Garden used to contain shops and artisans' studios, but thanks to an extensive renovation, they now house six spacious apartments with a restaurant on the ground floor. Emrys Architects converted the two red brick buildings by preserving as much of the original architecture as possible, and introduced contemporary materials, large windows and skylights to allow natural light into the interiors.
The four-story Grade II-listed warehouse buildings were initially planned for a straightforward refurbishment, but the work evolved into a more complex project that combines historical details and structural solutions with modern elements. Arched sash windows and stone dressings on the facades were preserved and inspired the renovation of the interior.
The bright internal walls, stripped back to the original brickwork, were combined with limed oak flooring, walnut joinery and bronze ironmongery. New mezzanine floors occupy the roof spaces of both buildings and feature original exposed roof trusses which visually dominate the interiors. Skylights inserted into the slanted roofs bathe the interiors with natural light. The team also renovated the existing stairs by adding new wooden treads.
Photos by Alan Williams