Architect: Amin Taha
This two-bedroom duplex forms part of a fantastic contemporary development designed by the admired architect Amin Taha, that was shortlisted for a prestigious RIBA award in 2015.
The building occupies the site of a former shoe factory in the Dalston regeneration zone, close to the new fashion hub Hackney Walk designed by David Adjaye. It contains nine apartments, set behind a gate on Belsham Street. Each one has its own front door, accessed from a new pedestrian walkway, giving them the feeling of little houses. This particular unit is quietly located and offers both security and privacy.
Upon entering on the ground floor, there is a hallway with video entryphone. To one side is a sitting room. Adjacent is a guest cloakroom, and then a kitchen with space for a dining table and full-height windows overlooking the courtyard garden below.
The lower ground floor contains a generous master bedroom – with an en-suite shower room, a built-in wardrobe and a glazed wall opening onto the courtyard – a second shower room, and a reception room / bedroom with access to the courtyard. There is also a second, smaller courtyard beneath the communal walkway.
The interior will please lovers of Brutalism, with raw blockwork walls, polished concrete floors and exposed concrete ceilings. One of the benefits of a modern development is the low running costs. The apartment has underfloor heating throughout, and retains the heat well.
Belsham Street is close to the amenities on Wick Road and Homerton High Street, as well as the green spaces of Well Street Common, Victoria Park and London Fields. There are regular buses to Central London and the City, and the Overground is available at nearby Hackney Central.
Lease Length: approx. 995 years (999 years from 2013)
Service Charge: approx. £1,033 per annum
Ground Rent: approx. £125 per annum
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.
Amin Taha began an independent studio after working with Zaha Hadid, and more recently set up GROUPWORK as an employee ownership trust to allow architects and other disciplines to collaborate within a long term and open structure. The practice’s work has won RIBA and international awards, which, alongside design competition wins, have resulted in it being shortlisted it as one of the UK’s and Europe’s emerging offices.