New to the market in northeast London, this converted one-bedroom penthouse sits atop a landmarked brutalist apartment building known as the Keeling House. Once a water tank, the concrete shell was expanded and retrofitted by architect Brian Heron in 2017. Heron’s design—which received numerous accolades and was shortlisted for a RIBA award—nods to the structure’s utilitarian origins with a simple palette of materials and clever storage solutions.
Accessible via an elevator to the 14th floor, the apartment’s entrance opens into the original stairwell, which Heron opted to reinforce with a three-story steel frame to minimize loads on the protected concrete structure. The stairs stop first at the living area and kitchen, while the bedroom and bathroom are located up another flight. A glazed facade floods each level with sunlight from both the eastern and western ends, while fixed glass louvers reduce glare.
All of the interior walls and ceilings are clad in oriented strand board (OSB), which provided Heron with flexibility for mounting fixtures and running the exposed electrical conduits without penetrating the original concrete shell. Adding to the utilitarian flair, exposed shelving and hidden compartments provide additional storage in each room.
In total, the flat offers just over 650 square feet, including one bedroom and one full bathroom. Located in the heart of Bethnal Green, the building offers convenient access to underground/overground lines and is within walking distance to many popular attractions, including the famous Columbia Road Flower Market. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, currently listed for £585,000 (approximately $770,ooo).
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