Conversion of factory to home + studios, Dalston, London
Springbok works was built in 1932 for use as a spring mattress factory and retained a business use until 1998, when we converted the factory into a workshop, a studio, an apartment, and a roof garden.
Three storeys high and with a plot ratio of 3:1, only the 90sqm flat roof counts as outside space. With each concrete plank floor taking industrial load, the roof was simply converted to a terrace with paving slabs, full height galvanised chain-link fencing and a 6m x 3m natural aluminium and toughened glass greenhouse above the stairwell. In summertime, a camouflage net is thrown over the east-end of the cage for shade.
Location: Dalston, London
Client: Sophie Darlington
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