Stories of the past and present intertwine with elegant and industrial accents in the York House in Central London. This spacious apartment is located on the second floor of a striking red brick building on the Upper Montagu Street. Wonderfully proportioned and filled with natural light, the apartment needed some renovations to bring it closer to what the clients had in mind and to make it more suitable for contemporary requirements. The Patrick Lewis Architects practice was hired to complete the project. Even though the interior required significant structural work and a restructuring of the rooms, the studio maintained the core characteristics and the allure of the space intact. Two smaller bedrooms were converted into en suite bathrooms.
The kitchen, previously located in a dark internal lightwell, was brought to the front of the apartment to combine with the open plan living room, creating a bright and spacious area at the heart of the home. For this project, the architects used a passion for reclaimed materials, which was shared by the clients, to create an eclectic space filled with history and craftsmanship. The strip flooring came from the BBC office in White City, the encaustic handmade tiles were sourced from Tuscany, while the Georgian shutters were found in a reclamation yard in Oxford. In the kitchen, the charming French armoire complements the locally made industrial pipes and the concrete worktop, while in the living room the distressed leather sofa is paired with a mid-century armchair and a sleek TV screen. Eclectic and truly one of a kind, the York House brings the past and present together in a creative living space. Images courtesy of Patrick Lewis Architects.