A dilapidated Victorian workshop building on Sewdley Street in Hackney, London has been fully restored into a contemporary home with a strong sense of past. Instead of demolishing the building and beginning new construction, Giles Pike Architects worked to preserve the existing structure’s unique and unconventional character. New glazing in the form of large fixed and sliding panels provide ample natural light, and the ground floor was lowered and reinstated as an exposed concrete slab continuing outside to the front courtyard and rear garden. A combination of exposed concrete, brickwork, steelwork and reclaimed oak ensured an industrial aesthetic in line with the buildings origins.

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Photos by Logan Irvine-MacDougall