Archmongers has refurbished a three bedroom duplex flat in Hatfield House on the Golden Lane Estate in the City of London.
Conceived as a respectful update, the renovation creates a synergy between the original modernist flat with contemporary living, using high quality materials and craftsmanship.
The flat had previously endured unsympathetic remodelling, covering original interior materials. Archmongers reinstated separation between the entrance hallway, kitchen, and living area using historic images of original flats on the estate.
This is achieved using deep Amber frames to create separation without visually disconnecting the spaces. A family of bespoke steel units have been used to create colourful and functional cupboards and shelving within each of these elements.
The original finger parquet flooring in the main living space is uncovered and restored. The entrance is clad in black quarry tiles matching the existing, damaged tiles which adjoined from the external hallways.
The original hardwood window frames have been revealed from beneath heavy white paint. Cantalevered terrazzo stairs with a supporting steel banister have been restored.
Upstairs, a collection of bespoke storage units have been added. Each room boasts its own hi-gloss colour to match the facade of the corresponding estate buildings.
The bathroom uses materials referencing the modernist palette of terrazzo, utilitarian tiles, and concrete. The compact bathroom has been zoned to allow a walk-in shower and Japanese bath. A shuttered internal window from the bathroom to the hallway creates a clear view from the shower to the double-height counter-weighted sash window, and green communal courtyard beyond.
Margaret Bursa, Managing Partner of Archmongers said: ‘Being able to work on another of London’s iconic modernist estates was a privilege. Our experience in the Barbican and The Ryde helped us to deliver spaces sympathetic to the original vision while also creating a home that will intrigue, invite exploration, and provide opportunities for people to discover, enjoy, and deepen their engagement with modernist architecture.’