Property of the week: An underprivileged space transformed into an award-winning home

July 13, 2018

Under the shadows of a 19-century railway viaduct in South London, an industrial home unfurls its uniqueness. Extending to 1,600 sq ft, Archway studios was designed as a vaulted photography workshop linked to an atrium with a residential compartment.  It is constructed to adjust within its industrial surroundings and to comfortably accommodate the residents inside its contemporary interiors.


The edges of the residence jump up and over the viaduct and its curvy design allows natural light to enter the living areas making its underprivileged position seem of no importance. In order to protect the rooms from the external noise of the bridge, slender steel foils form a protective acoustic shell around the house. This innovative way of sound insulation honoured the residence with the London Architecture Awards “House of the Year” in 2013.


The three-story atrium consists of two bedrooms, two bathrooms and the communal areas which lie at various levels. One of the architects admitted that the most challenging problem was to figure out how to amplify a keyhole site and bring light deep into the railway arch. This project reflects and combines the reality of the constraint urban spaces of a capital city with the possibility of a comfortable and enjoyable home and a life.


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The property is currently for sale for £1,085,000, under leasehold of approximately 850 years via

Picture credits The Modern House