Mixed-use offers a great model for sustainable urban development, and nobody does it on such a creative, human scale as Paul McAneary Architects. The Tex-Tonic House 1 in Victoria, London used to be a post-office and an art auction house - now it is both of those and an inspiring residence. By adding three new boxes made out of natural materials to the penthouse apartment, the designers have converted what was already a magnificent space into a naturally-illuminated building with many functions. And did we mention there's plenty of room for flora and wine?
With a mere 466 square meters to work with, Paul McAneary Architects had to be creative – although that doesn’t seem to be a problem for them. They added three boxes to the building that are made from sand-blasted oak and cast bronze timber. These naturally finished compartmentalized bedrooms provide residential areas without over-domesticating what is also an events venue.
The whole penthouse is flooded with light as a result of floor-to-ceiling glazing, and it opens to a verdant terrace that runs the length of the building. These features combined with the boxes and a massive wine cellar create a warm atmosphere conducive to a meeting of beautiful, artsy-fartsy minds!