Project: Mare Street

Location: London

Date: 2019 
Type: Residential
Client: William Cheshire
Structural Engineer: Detail SD 

Photo Credits: Elisa Franceschi, Declan Driver

A transformation of a Victorian attic flat above a nail salon on busy Mare Street in Hackney, this project was the result of a close collaboration with homeowner and jewelry designer William Cheshire.

Will originally purchased the flat in 1999 and spent over a decade hand crafting unique features and finishes, resulting in one of Hackney’s most unique loft spaces. Will inserted a mezzanine and created double height space, but wanted to add an extra storey for more living space.

The Mare Street Conservation Area limits on the height of any extensions, so we took Will’s mezzanine as the starting point and carefully added a discreet sunken new volume into the flat at the same level. The low level of the floor gave us generous ceiling heights for a new bedroom and bathroom space with access to a discreet sunken roof terrace at the rear, connected to the original flat via a lightweight perforated metal staircase.

The project was completed in summer 2020. The interior and joinery is currently being finished by Will who is bringing his unique flare to the space.