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Dirty House by David Adjaye

Designed in Hackney: Dirty House by David Adjaye

Designed in Hackney: this week's first iconic project designed in the London borough of Hackney is Dirty House, a black-painted art studio and apartment building in Shoreditch with a brightly illuminated roof completed by architect David Adjaye in 2002.

Dirty House by David Adjaye

The original windows of the converted warehouse appear to be sealed up but have actually been replaced with mirrored glass, while a parapet wall conceals windows for the apartment on the top floor.

Dirty House by David Adjaye

David Adjaye was based in Penn Street, Hackney, for over a decade, before recently moving to the north London borough of Camden. Dirty House can be found on Chance Street, just east of Shoreditch High Street.

Designed in Hackney is a Dezeen initiative to showcase world-class architecture and design created in the borough, which is one of the five host boroughs for the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as being home to Dezeen’s offices. We’ll publish buildings, interiors and objects that have been designed in Hackney each day until the games this summer.

More information and details of how to get involved can be found at