Abbey Road Church Penthouse, London Building Conversion, English Real Estate, Architecture Photos

Abbey Road Church Penthouse in North West London

24 Jun 2021

0244 Abbey Road Church Penthouse

Design: VORBILD Architecture

Location: St John’s Wood, London, Nw8, England, UK

0244 Abbey Road Church Conversion Penthouse

Abbey Road Church Penthouse NW London

This contemporary church conversion penthouse in St John’s Wood is one of thirteen inside a converted orthodox church. The property is situated near the famous Beatles crossing and the Abbey Road Studios.

Abbey Road Church Penthouse NW London

The apartment is located inside a very traditional building, however once one steps inside there is an ultra modern feel. The shape of the main area resembles half a cake. On each end, it connects to an identical tower.

Abbey Road Church Penthouse NW London

Initially, although the conversion was fairly new and the property boasted great volumes, it was internally divided into a series of small rooms.

Abbey Road Church Penthouse NW London

We began the project by decluttering the main area, which came with two entrance doors and several internal doors dividing up this exceptional space. We were able to remove all previous doors and join the small rooms into one. This required very careful planning and working with fire safety regulations.

Abbey Road Church Penthouse NW London

The centre of the house contains now open plan living and dining areas, which follow the curved contour of the room.

Abbey Road Church Penthouse NW London

We fully utilised the very high ceilings in the middle to add an extra bedroom by building a mezzanine. The shape of the mezzanine echos the arched outline of the apartment. To achieve this, we used curved steel. The new master bedroom contains enough storage thanks to bespoke fitted wardrobes on both sides under the eaves.

Abbey Road Church Penthouse NW London

The inside wall is made of full height, frameless glazing, which overlooks the living-dining room below. A new walnut and oak staircase with a glass balustrade follows down to the main level.

Tucked under the mezzanine, there is a new modern kitchen in our Church conversion penthouse. The storage has been maximised thanks to bespoke, full height units on one wall. The second side contains low and hanging cabinets, a wide range cooker, and fridge and freezer drawers.

Abbey Road Church Penthouse NW London

A kitchen island provides an additional working surface and contains a sink and a wine fridge.

Abbey Road Church Penthouse NW London

The kitchen units have been finished with grey-toned wooden fronts. The worktops are made of stainless steel, whereas the walls and the splash-back are covered with concrete tiles.

Abbey Road Church Penthouse NW London

On either side of the new kitchen, and accessed from the hallways, we designed concrete clad bathrooms with a fully lit ceiling made of plexiglass panels. The walls and flooring are made of real concrete panels. While underfloor heating keeps these spaces warm, the panels themselves seem to emanate a cooling feeling.

Both the ventilation and lighting are hidden above. The ceiling also allowed us to build in an overhead shower.

Abbey Road Church Penthouse NW London

In one bathroom we integrated the washing machine within a beautifully detailed walnut joinery, and the other has a suave Laufen bath with mood lighting and an Aquavision TV.

Both towers contain a bedroom each and storage.

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New walnut furniture was custom designed throughout and provides storage in the often difficult shaped spaces.

Design: VORBILD Architecture

Abbey Road Church Penthouse NW London

Photographer: VORBILD Architecture

Abbey Road Church Penthouse, NW London images / information received 240621

Location: North West London, England, UK

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