A bright and airy converted chapel is now up for sale in the East London enclave of Deptford. Dating back to 1906, the former religious structure was used on and off for years before the current owner, artist Anastasya Martynova, purchased the property in 2018 and enlisted local architect Alex Nikjoo to create a modern live/work space. The result is a dreamy and sunlit home complete with an expansive living area and a mezzanine-level studio set underneath the nave's original timber trusses.
In an interview with the listing agents, Martynova describes the renovation process and her vision for a multiuse residence. "I had an idea of the house being a sort of gallery space, where I could display both my own art, as well as interesting things collected from my travels," she says.
"Alex came up with the idea of a contrasting main space: Warm and cool, [with] concrete floors and a wood-clad "box" in the center that you could walk all the way around." The central structure also created the mezzanine studio and a hallway for the bedroom wing.
"[He] was very good at the technical aspects of the build, whereas I contributed to the finishes and colors. It was a great collaboration," Martynova adds.
"The building was in a really bad state of repair when I first saw it, [with] crumbling brickwork and water damage throughout," Nikjoo explains. "The design focused on restoring, preserving, and giving a new purpose to this neglected building."
He and his team first focused on repairing the existing shell and salvaging as many of the original details as possible. "The material palette of oak, birch plywood, oiled pine, and stone add a textural richness to the space, which balance the interventions against the simplicity of the original building."
"The main living area is definitely a stand out feature. The scale and volume of it is so rare for a home in London," Nikjoo comments. "[It] was also intentionally left open to allow for adaptation and personalization throughout the lifetime of the building."
With just over 1,800 square feet of interior space, the home offers three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The location also provides convenient access to New Cross rail and overground stations while being just a 15-minute walk to the banks of the River Thames. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, currently listed for £1,595,500 (approximately $2,110,000).
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