A small apartment space next to the old Bermondsey docklands and the current home of the Design Museum; one in which InsideOut sought to enhance the character of the original building with subtle and humble interventions.
The high level timber joist structure is left exposed, defining all the spaces within the apartment. The scale of the apartment required a sensible and straightforward layout, maximising space. A long strip of joinery was used to create a divide between the open plan living space and the more private bedroom area.
All of the finishes of the new walls and joinery are plain and monochromatic, acting as a canvas for the texture of the brick and timber. Sliding pocket doors prevented the need for architraves on the existing brick walls, allowing them to connect spaces through door openings. Lights were placed on the plasterboard bulkheads, leaving the timber joists untouched. The only tactile additions were the concrete floors and countertop, which brought a contemporary sensuality into the home without jostling with the existing materials for dominance.
We are as pleased with the end result as we are with how much we enjoyed working with Chris’ team throughout the entire process. From the creative design workshops through to the attention to detail of the spec and execution, Chris’ team cannot be faulted on their expertise and client care.
Suzi and Lewis