Blockmakers Arms Apartments
© Simon Menges

Blockmakers Arms Apartments 

Erbar Mattes

ARCHITECTS
Erbar Mattes

AREA
560 M²

YEAR
2021

MANUFACTURERS
Velfac, Viabizzuno, Archicad, Bauder, Ibstock

MEP CONSULTANTS
Environmental Engineering Partnership

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
Morph Structures

LIGHTNING DESIGN
Luxologie

LOCATION
London, United Kingdom

QUANTITY SURVEYORS
Clpm

PROJECT ARCHITECT
Demian Erbar

ARCHITECT
Holger Mattes

ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT
Philipine Radat

CATEGORY
Apartments

This project involves the major refurbishment, alterations and additions to a former pub within the Regents Canal Conservation area of Hackney, London. The site is located at the end of a terrace of three story town houses.

Blockmakers Arms Apartments
© Ståle Eriksen
Blockmakers Arms Apartments
© Simon Menges

Mixed use office and residential blocks occupy the sites of former industrial sawmill and clothing factory to west and the north.

The pub itself was converted into three independent flats in the 1970’s with the addition of an external stair to the rear façade to connect the upper floors. The client brief called for the amalgamation of ground and first floor to form a five-bedroom duplex while retaining independent access to the second-floor apartment.

Blockmakers Arms Apartments
© Simon Menges
Blockmakers Arms Apartments
© Simon Menges

To resolve this challenge, the external circulation is relocated to the side passage, opening up the rear elevation to form a new visual and physical connection to the courtyard.

The resulting loggia with solid masonry columns forms a sheltered space and offers a layer of privacy from the neighbors.

Blockmakers Arms Apartments
© Simon Menges
Blockmakers Arms Apartments
© Simon Menges

Constructed in handmade grey-brown bricks and matching coping stones to complement the weathered 19th century masonry, the new additions form a structured ensemble without detracting from the existing buildings’ ornate front façade.

Window cills, copings and external stair are constructed in pigmented precast concrete, reinforcing the monolithic quality of the building.

Blockmakers Arms Apartments
© Simon Menges
Blockmakers Arms Apartments
© Ståle Eriksen
Blockmakers Arms Apartments
© Ståle Eriksen
Blockmakers Arms Apartments
© Ståle Eriksen

Internally, the brief was adapted to the opportunities offered by the inherent qualities of the existing building. Modern plasterboard ceilings are removed to regain the original ceiling height.

Redundant spaces are fitted with inbuilt joinery, organizing the house and forming clearly defined rooms. The former first floor function room with high ceilings and original timber panelling is re-purposed as master bedroom with direct access to the front roof terrace.

Blockmakers Arms Apartments
© Ståle Eriksen
Blockmakers Arms Apartments
© Ståle Eriksen
Blockmakers Arms Apartments
© Ståle Eriksen

The new internal staircase is centered along the canopy of a mature tree. New bedrooms and bathrooms are located in the new side and rear volumes. Bronze ironmongery and oak floors bring a level of refinement to the otherwise simple and functional interior aesthetic.

The original timber panelling elements are abstracted in white to form a serene and timeless environment. Bathrooms are finished with a polished waterproof plaster forming a seamless surface, illuminated by skylights and windows.

Blockmakers Arms Apartments
© Ståle Eriksen


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Street Elevation
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Side Elevation
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Rear Elevation
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Section A


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Ground Floor Plan
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First Floor Plan
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Second Floor Plan
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Site Plan
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Section C
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Section B


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Blockmakers Arms Apartments
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Blockmakers Arms Apartments
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