Rescue & Revival

View all 22 Photos

converted-ambulance-station-london-gessato-25

A former St. John’s Ambulance Station East Sussex, England has been given a complete, head-to-toe makeover by Marta Nowicka & Co. Originally built in the 1950s in the town of Rye, the building sits within a walled courtyard beside a Grade-II listed Georgian house, which was once used as the service’s headquarters. Restored brick walls throughout pair nicely with grey oak paneled floors as an indication of the building’s past, maintaining inherent characteristics of its decades-long wear.

“In keeping with the historical surroundings, the scheme of the design evokes medieval nuances with exposed roof timber purlins and the living space emanating out from a central hearth.”

Thanks to the architects’ adaptation, a massive open space now spans the ground floor: kitchen, living, and dining are arranged around a concrete plinth which supports the home’s double-sided wood burner – a practical nod to the building’s historic past. “In keeping with the historical surroundings, the scheme of the design evokes medieval nuances with exposed roof timber purlins and the living space emanating out from a central hearth.” Stainless-steel accents once again reference the building’s affiliation with the medical industry, from the brushed kitchen island to the repurposed nurse’s trolley in the first floor bathroom. A double-height stairwell leads upstairs to the twin-gabled roof space-turned-bedroom which has been entirely re-floored. Not only did the designers utilize each and every inch of the existing structure, but they also built a two-story extension to accommodate the family by whom it would be occupied; an additional bedroom and bathroom sit above a brand new entrance hall and study on the ground floor to finish off an already exceptional home. Local Lydd handmade clay peg tiling on the exterior allows this renovation to blend seamlessly with the aged original. Old and new are united by considerations of both material and space, suggesting that anything can be brought to life in the hands of thoughtful designers. Photography by Vojteck Ketz courtesy of Marta Nowicka & Co.

converted-ambulance-station-london-gessato-27

converted-ambulance-station-london-gessato-22

converted-ambulance-station-london-gessato-7

converted-ambulance-station-london-gessato-9

converted-ambulance-station-london-gessato-26

converted-ambulance-station-london-gessato-12

Lizzie Wright

Lizzie

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

Take me there

  • Zallinger Refuge

    A thoughtful renovation and expansion of historical buildings in the Alps. Dating back to the…

  • Dá Licença Hotel In Portugal

    One-of-a-kind, this retreat celebrates the heritage and culture of Alentejo. During their travels, Vitor Borges…

  • The Wuyuan Skywells Hotel

    A 300-year-old traditional Chinese building transformed into a high-end hotel. Nestled in the Yan village…

  • Design Destination: Melbourne

    A complete travel guide to Melbourne, your next design destination. The cultural capital of Australia,…

More for you

                array(5) {
  ["post__not_in"]=>
  array(1) {
    [0]=>
    int(167653)
  }
  ["tag__not_in"]=>
  array(2) {
    [0]=>
    int(16203)
    [1]=>
    int(9208)
  }
  ["posts_per_page"]=>
  int(12)
  ["caller_get_posts"]=>
  int(1)
  ["cat"]=>
  int(6178)
}
            
  • Family house in Litvínovice

    A minimalist design that enhances both privacy and outdoor spaces. Located near the city of…

  • Gafarim House

    An exploration of contrasts via contemporary architecture. Designed by Tiago do Vale Arquitectos, this house…

  • A Country House In Chievo, Italy

    A charming house that celebrates a rural setting via thoughtful design. Built in a beautiful…

  • The Lake House

    A serene house that welcomes the waterfront inside living spaces. Designed by Seattle-based architecture firm…

  • Residence J&C

    A semi-permanent home that offers the perfect respite from city living. Built in the small…

  • Caldera House

    A ski retreat that will make your winter more memorable. Nestled in the center of…

  • The Aloha Surf Bar

    A concrete and glass structure that mirrors a sandy coastal landscape. Located in Vila do…

  • House A by Whispering Smith

    A concrete house that complements its minimalist design with a carbon neutral build. Designed by…

  • Lochside House

    An off-grid home that celebrates the beauty of a rugged Scottish landscape. Built in the…

  • Hercule House by 2001 Studio

    A house that resembles an ice monolith emerging from the ground. Located in Mondorf-les-Bains, in…

Close Cart