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.
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?