180 Albany Street was built in the 1980’s by the Orlik family as an office building for brick manufacturer Ibstock. Moving with the market, Jackie Orlik saw the opportunity to repurpose the building into high-end residential apartments for private rent.
Orlik invited dRMM to develop the interior design for a previously consented scheme. In collaboration with the client, we created 15 varied apartments ranging in size from studio units to two bedroom homes, within the constraints of the existing building.
All apartments enjoy a sense of openness as a result of enlarged window apertures that provide natural light and views – towards Kings’ Cross and Regent’s Park. The apartment layouts are efficiently designed to allow generous open plan living, suitable for entertaining. Large pivoting and sliding doors allow residents to reconfigure the space and create degrees of privacy or openness.
Throughout the building, the existing features have been retained and enhanced. Concrete ceilings are left exposed within the apartments to maximise height while providing a unique sculptural element.
The apartments and communal spaces are appointed with bespoke joinery, furniture and fittings that give the interiors a cohesive contemporary feel. Wayfinding through common areas is enabled through distinctive graphics and the rich, bold colour palate.
A significant reduction in embodied carbon was made by retaining the original building fabric. The low energy fittings, centralised plant room and thermal mass of the concrete structure has led to an increase in energy efficiency.
We realised the majority of the conversion through Permitted Development Rights, allowing most of the alterations to take place without planning consent.
The result is an exemplary conversion of an office building into elegant apartments, with 15 desirable new homes that feel good to live in.
Photos ©Pete Petkov, Tian Khee Siong
Drawing © dRMM