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ARCH­WAY

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

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