Before & After: A Key Layout Swap Smooths Out the Kinks of This Victorian Flat in London

An effortless mix of modern updates and historic details makes this 665-square-foot apartment feel sleek and tidy.

This one-bedroom apartment is located in the Cyril Mansions building, a mansion block built in 1895 that fronts Battersea Park in London. Tall ceilings, thick walls, and generous windows conveyed the building’s Victorian-era character, but this particular unit had become rundown after hosting a series of renters. Its most recent owner asked Astrain Studio for a remodel that would skew "contemporary, but remain respectful of the age of the building," says the firm.

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Melissa Dalton
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Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at


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