A residential conversion by Paper House Project responds to the client’s functional requirements and preference for an industrial aesthetic


Rory Gardiner

Architect Paper House Project’s residential conversion of a south London Victorian school building – later a meeting hall and offices – responds to the client’s preference for an “industrial aesthetic” combined with a requirement for functional, child-friendly living space.


Set on a quiet cul-de-sac within the West Greenwich Conservation Area, the two-storey building was derelict at the outset of the project. The architects adopted a “considered design approach with a reduced palette of materials, carefully selected in response to the existing building and its context”.

At raised ground-floor level the layout has been arranged to take advantage of the large lateral open plan, and double-height spaces, with auxiliary spaces compactly organised at one end in order to maximise living area. An elevated mezzanine sundeck with a large retractable skylight provides an additional living room while creating a new connection between the internal and external spaces.


At lower-ground-floor level all three bedrooms face onto a newly excavated private sunken courtyard.

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