Clerkenwell Cool

The wholesale transformation of this Clerkenwell home achieved national recognition as a category winner in the respected Sunday Times British Homes Awards.

It’s a landmark development in many ways, demonstrating the value of a deep, professional partnership to the delivery of a successful scheme.

Here, we were delighted to co-operate closely with visionary London practice, Chris Dyson Architects (CDA), to help in the re-invention of an original brewery cooperage into an effortlessly cool, contemporary and connected urban retreat. 

CDA’s scheme breathed new life into the home by taking a definitively ‘less is more’ approach to its extension and complete renovation.

The listed building’s fabric has been stripped back throughout and original features preserved, where possible. A large open-plan, family living area in the now extended basement provides the central focus of the home. Above this impressive space rises a triple height atrium where a dramatic feature staircase connects to luxurious bedroom accommodation at different levels, finally emerging onto a generous roof terrace.

We worked seamlessly with the CDA team to ensure that our technology solution fully respected this “new meets old” aesthetic.

Audio-visual equipment, heating, lighting, blinds and security cameras can all be easily accessed, operated and controlled from an intuitive, fully integrated, touch-operated panel conveniently located in the open plan living area.

This integration ensures that most of the tech and the cabling connecting this smart home is concealed out of sight.

Where it is visible, then devices are either discreetly positioned to minimise any obvious intrusion, as in the hidden roof terrace speakers, or we’ve gone the extra mile to meet the scheme’s unique requirements. Take the special tactile keypads to activate different lighting scenes as an example. Their retro design and styling is a classic fit with the building’s heritage past.   

A worthy winner of “Best Small Scale Conversion, Restoration or Refurbishment" in the Sunday Time Home British Homes Awards, this Clerkenwell Cooperage embodies the symbiotic relationship between the old and the new, between home and technology and, equally importantly for a project of this size, scale and complexity, between the architect and integrator too. 

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