With clever storage and a retractable skylight, this London apartment feels larger than its 576 square feet. Craftsman Roger Hynam designed and built the cabinets under the stairs and a drawer that slides out from beneath the bottom step. Drink H1 pendant lamps from Rotaliana hang in the kitchen and above a Grassworks dining table by Jair Straschnow.
Johanna Molineus doesn’t initially come across as the poster girl for rule-breaking. But the Washington, D.C.–born architect’s 678-square-foot central London apartment is a testament to how bending, breaking, and even burning the rule book is sometimes the best way to create a remarkable home.
Cantilevered over a brick bakery in central London, this live/work expansion of the offices of Michael Trentham Architects functions as studio space Monday through Friday, and exclusively as housing on the weekends. During warmer seasons, a roof terrace with a safety glass privacy screen doubles the available space of the 325-square-foot unit.
In London’s Kensal Green, a run-down Victorian home was smartly modernized, while carefully preserving original architectural elements. The final result is a bright and modern dwelling which enables the family to live comfortably in just over 1,000 square feet.
This one's technically a guesthouse, but it looks good enough to live in. Thanks to designers Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama, an aging workshop in London’s once-gritty Bethnal Green was reborn as a colorful, custom-built escape. A lofted sleeping pod offers a bit of privacy and helps maximize its 485-square-foot space.
Architecture firm Tectonics designed the first new-construction Passive House in Hackney, London. The approximately 1076-square-foot, two-bedroom dwelling was built by architect Bernard Tulkens for his parents-in-law. It is the fifth certified Passive House to be completed in London. Natural Douglas fir flooring by Dinesen covers the living area, which contains shelving by Vitsoe.
Brad Smith’s compact former coach house, tucked away in one of London’s many hidden cobbled mews, was in need of a radical over-haul when his partner Brian Brennan moved in. Scape Architects remodeled inside and out to maximize both space and light, redesigning the property around the pair’s possessions and utilizing every available void for storage.