Racing Green: live in a former car manufacturing workshop in a quiet corner of Regent’s Park
- Credit: The Modern House
Nifty storage spaces and artisanal woodwork make for a modern period conversion in a former car manufactory in Regent’s Park
A home in the former London coachworks of French car manufacturer Vinot-Deguingand is up for sale in Regent’s Park.
Redesigned by Ibañez Kim in 2006, the three bedroom 1912 mews house is elegantly furnished in moss-hued racing green.
Vinot-Deguingand was founded in 1898 as a bicycle manufacturer before the duo jumped on to the automobile bandwagon in 1901. The company had a London offshoot in Vinot Cars Ltd which concentrated on bodywork, producing cars in the building prior to the disbanding of the company over a decade later in 1926.
Automobile enthusiasts fresh-faced from a spin around Regent’s Park can drive up to the property where a gated arch leads through a quaint communal courtyard. A residents’ car park is situated below street level and is accessible via a car lift.
On entering the corner property, residents will find a tiled kitchen lit by a high, round window bathing the oak cupboards, gas hob and granite worktops in light.
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Following on from the kitchen is a more traditional reception and dining area with high ceilings and unusual arched sash windows stretching almost the full height of the wall. Splashed in deep, mossy green, the colours are accented by luminous white dado rails and skirting boards which give the walls a modern touch.
Moving upstairs via the finger-jointed, American black walnut staircase coated in a lick of royal blue paint, the first floor provides for a master bedroom flooded with light via sash windows and adjoined by an en-suite bathroom with fitted oak cupboards and twinkling, deep brown glass Bisazza mosaics which blanket the deep bathtub.
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A converted loft space is lit by large skylights, which offer a view of the roof and spire of the adjacent Classical church of St George’s, whilst looking down through a glass floor light provides a view of the below studio space. The eaves provide for built-in storage added to by that hidden underneath the guest basin in the second floor bedroom.
Budding designers can draw up their own inventions sitting at the bespoke built-in artist’s desk in the studio area, which could double up as an additional bedroom. Running out of ideas? Splash a little water on your face from the oversized artist sink in the guest shower room, or for a little inspiration, Camden Town’s rich artisanal heritage is just around the corner. For trips further afield, both Euston and King’ Cross are close by.
Redhill place, NW1 is an elegant architectural hybrid, fusing period features with modern design aesthetics, bright white upstairs spaces and contemporary storage solutions, all housed within the serenity of a pre-war period workshop and threaded together by a statement walnut staircase. This home is a harmonious space, quite literally hidden away in the corner of one of London’s most beloved royal parks.