Archlife#2 … Quay House, Peckham

A famous project this one, Quay House is a brilliantly imaginative conversion of an old milk depot in Peckham.

If it looks familiar, that’s probably because you’ve seen it before: it’s appeared in numerous design books, tv shows and magazine articles.

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Quay House, Peckham

It all began when the place was bought by architect Ken Taylor and sculptor Julia Manheim as a place to live and work.

But instead of knocking down the unprepossessing depot and starting again they recycled much of the original building (doors, floors, galvanised roofs) to create a dazzling new building that they’ve described as an urban barn.

In the process of building the house, they also built three flats, and this is what we’re looking at today: a beautifully designed one-bedroom apartment that runs to 700 sq ft of living space.

The aesthetic is definitely industrial – galvanised steel, polished concrete, translucent sheeting – but there’s nothing cold and comfortless about the light, bright and well-proportioned living spaces.

£309,000 (Wooster & Stock)  might sound like a lot for a one-bed flat in Peckham, but this is not your average one-bedder. Can someone please send all our urban housebuilders round to take a look?

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Quay House, Peckham

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Quay House, Peckham

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Quay House, Peckham

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Quay House, Peckham

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Quay House, Peckham

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Quay House, Peckham

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Quay House, Peckham

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Quay House, Peckham

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