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Quebec Wharf

(as JCMT Architects)
 
location: Hackney London E8 4DJ
client: Live and Work Buildings ltd
value: £ 3.8 million
service: RIBA Stages A-L
 
Conversion and refurbishment of a Grade II listed, canal-side building to provide a mix of B1 studios and 20 Live-Work apartments.

Quebec Wharf was originally built in 1878 for the North Metropolitan Tramways Company as a forage warehouse for horses. It was later used to store spices. The scheme involved careful preservation and re-construction of existing features, combined with sensitive ‘light-touch’ contemporary interventions.

The approach was to open up the centre of the deep plan building to form a new atrium, enabling insertion of dual aspect apartments and circulation spaces. These have exposed brickwork and rafters, sliding steel doors, hoisting equipment and original flooring retained wherever possible with bathrooms, kitchens, and gallery spaces treated as contemporary, free-standing elements.

The scheme won an Evening Standard Hot Property Style Award in 2004. The judges applauded the ‘respectful and innovative’ conversion and ‘stunning design’.

Photography © Dennis Gilbert @ VIEW & JCMT Architects