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Within the mixture of wood, brick and concrete, came up the brilliant factory to residence reconversion for a filmmaker. British practice Dow Jones Architects has done it perfectly, involving the top two floors conversion of a Victorian former clog-making factory into a contemporary residence.
Upon removal of the existing roof structure, two steel and timber box girders are used as replacement, large enough to be a proper dwelling. The process spanned the brick walls and produce a new horizon at roof level. As well as supporting the new roof, the girders provide an organisational structure, creating a territory of enclosure and screening.
''Thinking room'' is a space made on the rooftop inside one girder, have a beautiful views across the terrace and the city beyond. The other girder is glazed to create a room-like window bringing light and volume down to the floor below. Different terraces occupy the spaces between these two enclosures. These spaces are seen as being analogous to sweetmeat rooms on the roofs of English renaissance palaces.
On the lower floors interventions into the existing building are minimal. A bathroom and kitchen are formed from in-situ concrete, conceived as large pieces of furniture built within the existing brick fabric of the building. These items of furniture are used to delineate space and create thresholds in lieu of physical walls.
Architects: Dow Jones Architects
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