Interactive slideshow of East London
Penthouse by SIRS


Introducing a new feature on Dezeen! This former industrial warehouse in east London has been converted into open-plan apartments by English/Austrian design firm SIRS (+ interactive slideshow).

East London Penthouse by SIRS

The building was originally converted into flats in the 1980s. SIRS renovated the building's top floors and converted them into two penthouse apartments for private clients. Roll your mouse over the slideshow above, and click on the pop-up windows, to learn about the products featured in the apartment.

East London Penthouse by SIRS

The designers retained the original cast-iron features and added industrial finishes to the interior.

East London Penthouse by SIRS

"The client was looking for a flexible and open-plan main living space in combination with a series of compact bedrooms that reflect contemporary living standards," said architect Manuel Irsara.

East London Penthouse by SIRS

A lobby opens into a large open-plan lounge, kitchen and living room. A floor-to-ceiling bookshelf separates a TV lounge in one corner while kitchen cupboards and a counter top double as a bench with bar stools.

East London Penthouse by SIRS

The dining room has a small balcony off to one side and a hallway leads to the master bedroom and bathroom, a walk-in wardrobe and two extra bedrooms with ensuites.

East London Penthouse by SIRS

Sash windows offer views out two sides of the apartment, which is located at the south west corner of the building.

East London Penthouse by SIRS

Solid oak parquet lines the floor throughout and continues up onto wall in sections of the kitchen and TV lounge.

East London Penthouse by SIRS

The project also involved the design of a large glazed roof extension. This terrace features a grassed area with a garden down one side, a deck and a glazed pavilion with a flat green roof.

East London Penthouse by SIRS

Photography is by CGP Design.

East London Penthouse by SIRS

Here's a project description from the designers:

East London Penthouse

Design brief was to convert and restore two floors of a sought-after former Victorian warehouse building within conservation area into separate large luxury penthouses.

East London Penthouse by SIRS

Showpiece of each 252 m2 large apartment is a spectacular living room with open-plan layout and large sash-windows providing light and airy rooms.

East London Penthouse by SIRS

Original cast iron features were retained and restored while industrial finishes were chosen to complement the former industrial character.

East London Penthouse by SIRS

Each apartment contains three bedrooms with separate en-suites, two independent lobbied entrances, Guest-WC, plant and utility rooms.

East London Penthouse by SIRS

The open-plan layout is designed generically allowing flexible occupant usage with variable allocation of different living, dining and working islands.

East London Penthouse by SIRS

Project name: East London Penthouse
Project location: London, UK
Project type: Residential Refurbishment
Scope of work: Full refurbishment, Fit-out and Interior Design
Client: Private Client
Floor Area: 252 m2 (2,713 ft2) per apartment
Completion Date: Summer 2013
Architect: SIRS (Sir Solutions)
Project Team: Manuel Irsara, Taneli Mansikkamaki
Structural Engineer: Fluid Structures
Services Engineer: Bob Costello Associates
Main contractor: Murphy Building Services
Quantity Surveyor: Alun Watkins (Eurotapes)

Site plan of East London Penthouse by SIRS
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East London Penthouse by SIRS
Floor plan - click for larger image
East London Penthouse by SIRS
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East London Penthouse by SIRS
Elevation - click for larger image
  • Prole

    Big open plan flat. Tiny kitchen hidden away in the corner. Epic fail.

    • CadBaboon

      A little harsh there Prole. The epic success here is firstly winning the job and then seeing it through to a well resolved completion.

      • gcrbcn

        I’m sorry but I have to agree with Prole. Plus there’s fiver segregated wet zones! Not a very efficient use of water and sanitary installations, and not very in tone with open-scheme plans.

        Winning a job is good for the pocket, not necessarily for architecture.

    • hotte

      Who needs three sofa areas right next to each other? Is this a sofa showroom?

  • Steeevyo

    Help to buy scheme I reckon?

  • jules

    Is this an advertisement?

    • No! If it was an ad or paid for in any way we’d make that clear to our readers. It’s an editorial feature: a new interactive slideshow we’ve developed. People are always asking us about the products featured in interiors shown on Dezeen and this is a way that we can show readers what they are. We hope it’s useful and we have plans to develop the idea in future. We may well monetise it in future if we can figure out a way to do that, but for now, just enjoy it… Marcus/Dezeen

  • Gordon

    I like the new roll-over feature Dezeen – very useful!

    • Thanks! We have one happy customer at least… Marcus/Dezeen

  • Alvaro

    The planning is not very good.

  • JayCee

    It’s a shame that one has to walk through the nighttime part of the apartment – and past all the bedroom doors – to get to the living part of the apartment.

    It makes for a dull entrance and I can understand why there are no photos of the hallway. The kitchen location is forgivable as some clients don’t want or need huge self-important TV-chef style kitchens. Otherwise it’s nice, but a bit dull.

    The new feature is interesting Dezeen. It’s reassuring to see that even in expensive loft conversions, there is a place for an Ikea rug. I think it could be improved by click-through links to websites, although I might balk at such features if I thought I was being marketed to.

  • partan

    This is so bad. Looks like it was done in the 90´s.

  • anders linders

    Hey Dezeen! I hope you do more of these roll overs. I I can’t tell you how many times I lose my mind trying to find unique objects and furniture in some of your posts. As long as it does not become an obnoxious advertising gimmick it will remain unique and helpful.