Converted shoe factory in East London houses a voluminous live/work space

Industrial proportions put to new use

Penthouse living gets a different spin inside this lofty live/work apartment, which sits on the top floors of a converted shoe factory in East London.

The London apartment – which sits between London Fields and Victoria Park, and is on the market via The Modern House for £950,000 – was built in 1924 and was converted into live/work spaces by 410 Architects. The top-floor apartment’s current owner enlisted Studio P architects to further modify the space and adapt it into a four-bedroom dwelling via new interventions while still celebrating its industrial proportions.

Adopting an ‘upside down’ layout, the London apartment is entered on the first floor, where there are two bedrooms, bathroom and utility room with high concrete ceilings. Upstairs is the light-filled live/work space, topped by a double-height mono-pitched roof with skylights.

While this room was previously a large open plan space, it’s currently subdivided using custom sliding steel screens by Plain English to create two further bedrooms.

Photography: The Modern House

Brick and concrete are exposed throughout, as well as pipework and rugged steel trusses, and wooden floorboards run underfoot. Other period features include huge cast-iron radiators. Meanwhile, black cabinetry and steel worktops in the kitchen take their cue from the apartment’s industrial fabric.

Photography: The Modern House
Photography: The Modern House
Photography: The Modern House

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