Bethnal Green Penthouse

Program: Residential Refurbishment
Location: London
Area: 900 ft2

Status: Completed, 2022
Client: Confidential
Builder: Lux Design Construction Ltd
Photo Credit: David Valinsky

Bethnal Green Penthouse is a residential refurbishment for a young professional couple who purchased their first home in a former soap factory building in East London.

With a whimsical sense of humor and eccentric taste, the couple wanted to make their home the complete opposite of the soulless student digs and white box rental properties from their youth. The resulting brief was to create a fun and sociable space designed for entertaining and a homeowner that loves to cook.

'Small moves, big impacts' formed the foundation of our design thinking. Right from the beginning, the team were committed to finding ways to radically reimagine the organization of the flat, all the while keeping the alterations to existing layout to the absolute minimum. Original partition walls were fully gutted to allow for a celebrated entry experience and the kitchen was relocated to facilitate a more seamless connection between cooking and dining. Relocating the kitchen to the floor above created a new bedroom transforming a former two-bed apartment into a more spacious and considerate three-bed abode. The newly reconfigured sculptural stairway is the centerpiece of the design. It functions both as a passageway and, more importantly, a light well that gently illuminates the otherwise dark circulation area.

Kasawoo worked with the existing bones of the building which was erected in the 70s and without a service elevator which required a design that would accommodate for the four flights of communal stairs, as well as one flight of internal, sculptural stairs. Everything was meticulously planned from the size of the kitchen cabinets and counter lengths to ensure everything would fit. A custom metal balustrade was installed at the very last minute once everything was finally in place. 

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