The new “warehouse conversion” is the transformation of outdated office buildings to apartments, as at Vantage
in Archway, by developer Essential Living and designed by GRID Architects (gridarchitects.co.uk).
After refurbishment and recladding, the notorious 18-storey Seventies block on Archway Corner in Holloway has been reinvented as apartments to rent.
One major benefit of the scheme has been the improvement of the urban experience at the tower’s foot, where a generous pedestrianised space has been created while major roads have also been diverted, making a huge difference to the area.
What many regarded as a failed building is now working much better. Views from the apartments are stupendous. Whether you like the new bronze metal cladding is a matter for taste. It is a much brighter building than it was, and it now makes a muchneeded contribution to a better urban experience.
There are many such blocks in the London suburbs — and in central London, for that matter — that could be homesandproperty.co.uk/RIBA17
Brighter and better: tired Seventies offices, reclad and totally refurbished