Religious building conversion into a residential dwelling dovetails into the existing shell
RIBA London Regional Award winner 2021
Craftworks for private client
Contract value: £725,000
Cost per m2: £3,222
This religious-building conversion into a residential dwelling dovetails into the existing shell. Sleeping quarters are at lower ground level; the ground floor is living space with vaulted ceiling, and a mezzanine makes a private retreat. The ecclesiastical vocabulary of structural components is recast as dwelling archetypes: medieval hall houses, Victorian attics and long galleries. Similarly, interior church elements are interwoven with everyday domestic furniture. Materials are ascetic and contradictory, resonating with this theme. External brickwork and roof slates were reclaimed from local demolitions. The landscape design continues the undulating faceted nature of the internal vaulted ceiling with criss-crossing rusty borders, vibrant planting and perforated steel.