Defoe Road by Paper House Project

An open and modern living space under the brick envelope

Project Specs

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This conversion project creates a home from a dilapidated and landlocked warehouse, transforming it into a light-filled house that not only improves the area but brings life back to the neglected space.

▼住宅外观局部,partial exterior view


Rights of way, freeholder and leaseholder consents, local residents and a 90m service trench across third party land, all added to the logistical complexities of renovating a historical building with major structural problems on a difficult site. Reduced access required a kit of parts to be designed that would be fabricated off site. The design focused on creating an open-plan, two-bedroom house with an industrial aesthetic in keeping with its original purpose. This meant the building needed to be completely renovated.

▼建筑外观局部,保留了原建筑的砖墙外立面,partial exterior view, retaining the original brick envelope


设计概念 | The Brief


Our priority was to retain as much of the existing building as possible and to bring it back to life. We decided early on in the design process that we wanted to retain as much of the double height space as possible. This wasn’t about maximising floor area to increase profit.

▼明亮的双层通高的起居室,the double-height living room with sufficient light

▼起居室局部,part of the living room


▼双层通高的开放式餐厅和厨房,使用电缆杆支架来支撑新的石板屋顶,the double-height open dining room and kitchen, using cable rod supports to support the new slate roof

▼开放式餐厅和厨房,一个现代的居住空间,the open kitchen and dining room, a modern living space

▼厨房细节,kitchen details

The concept was to create a series of complex structural interventions to open up the space and add light and height to create a practical, modern space. Bespoke extended leg steel trusses and cable rod supports were designed to support the new slate roof and a high-level perimeter ring beam with concrete corner bonders holds the original brick envelope together, whilst allowing large new window openings to be formed.

▼首层卧室局部,partial view of the bedroom on the ground floor

▼书房/学习空间,the study room

▼首层走廊细节,details of the corridor on the ground floor


主要挑战 | Key Challenges


At planning stages, complex negotiations were required to gain a right of way for access and to reinstate services across third-party land requiring an excavated 90m trench as well as permission for the building’s new use. This added to the logistical complexities of renovating a historical building with major structural problems on a difficult site. Reduced access required a kit of parts that were fabricated off-site, with each component small and light enough for two people to carry through the courtyard.

▼从一层通往二层,from the ground floor to the first floor

▼二层卧室局部,天窗可引入自然光线,partial view of the bedroom on the first floor, the skylight introduces sunlight

▼二层卧室局部,partial view of the bedroom on the first floor


The resulting property is a hidden gem behind the bustling high street. By retaining the original envelope, volume, and footprint of the warehouse, this project illustrates the possibilities and benefits of recycling old buildings and adaptive re-use in a cost-effective and innovative way.

▼二层卫生间局部,partial view of the bathroom on the first floor

▼夜景外观局部,partial exterior view at night

▼首层平面图,ground floor plan

▼二层平面图,first floor plan



Project size: 1250 ft2
Site size: 1250 ft2
Project Budget: $350000
Completion date: 2016
Building levels: 2

More: Paper House Project

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