Architectural Review April 2002
RIBA Journal June 2001
“An unpromising conversion of a Hackney school to a loft-style apartment did not deter the
architects. Commissioned to remodel the top floor space, it introduced a new staircase and
glass floor panels to create a highly individual, if idiosyncratic, vision.”
Amanda Baillieu RIBA
This one-bedroom apartment was originally a badminton hall located on the top floor of a Victorian school. The loft was designed to maximize the space available and to filter light to lower levels, which have no external windows.
The original spiral staircase connecting the first two mezzanine floors was replaced with a new steel staircase, which provides a strong, sculptural element to the space and is flanked by steel rods and a shelving system, both of which act as balustrade.
Two glass floor panels were introduced at the second level mezzanine adjacent to the existing external window over the kitchen. One of these panels also doubles as the base of the bathtub filtering light into the kitchen, which was originally the darkest part of the apartment.
Photography: Keith Collie Contractor: K Kerai Builders