Shimmering walls transform Primrose Hill garage into jewel-like home

PUBLISHED: 18:31 27 August 2014 | UPDATED: 18:31 27 August 2014

The Gables, Primrose Hill, outside view

The Gables, Primrose Hill, outside view


The glossy tiles on the outside of The Gables in Primrose Hill give the brand new conversion a petrol-black sheen, reminiscent of its previous use as a mechanics’ garage.

The Gables, side viewThe Gables, side view

Now transformed into a sleek family residence by London-based architects Patalab, the site originally comprised three 1950s industrial units set between terraced housing and a railway siding.

Project architect Jordan Thompson said: “We kept the industrial theme with lots of rough exposed brickwork and timber, but we contrasted it with polished concrete and metal-framed windows.”

Inner courtyards and large skylights ensure that the space is light and airy, while clever overcladding means that the project exceeds current energy efficiency requirements.

The open-plan living space with its oak panelling and sleek surfaces is undeniably cool and a far remove from the derelict ex-industrial space that served as its foundations.

The open plan ground floorThe open plan ground floor

The hard-edged project bears little resemblance to the comfortable and chaotic environments many associate with the family home but the award-winning practice have included some softer touches. The sunken seating area, with plumped grey cushions is inviting, and the family moved in recently so are sure to be making their mark.

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