Architect: Emil Eve Architects
This bright two-bedroom apartment forms part of the picturesque Gibson Gardens in Stoke Newington, and has been wonderfully reconfigured and designed by Emil Eve architects.
Approached along a gated, cobbled street, the third-floor apartment is accessed via a communal staircase. Entrance is to a central hall, with living accommodation to the right and bedrooms to the left. The living space looks over the communal square through large sash windows that catch the morning light. The bedrooms are positioned on the opposite side, each with their own sash window.
The bathroom, positioned at the end of the hall, has a double-ended bath with a large-headed shower, and underfloor heating. There is also a large loft, reached via a retractable ladder, which provides useful storage space.
The flat has access to the communal garden square, the centre of the active Gibson Gardens community. The cobbled streets that surround the central courtyard are quiet and car-free.
The architects have cleverly reconfigured the apartment in a way which maximises the light and space, by combining the living and kitchen areas. Bespoke Ash shelving is incorporated for storage and display, contrasting the simple white kitchen with its one-piece Corian worktop and splashback. New tiling, cork and carpet delineate the hallway, bedroom and bathroom spaces and playful touches of colour have been introduced throughout.
Gibson Gardens is a gated estate of Victorian mansion blocks built in 1880 by the Metropolitan Association for Improving the Dwellings of the Industrious Classes (MAIDIC). The development originally comprised three brick blocks of four-storey flats and a row of ‘cottages’ which housed the elderly relations of those living in the blocks. Each building bears its original name; The Long Block, The Gatehouse Block, The Railway Block and The Cottages.
Gibson Gardens is very well positioned in central Stoke Newington, a vibrant area packed with cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and shops. The apartment is right by the entrance of Abney Park – a wild and woodland space – and minutes from Stoke Newington Church Street and the green spaces of Clissold Park.
Stoke Newington station is just around the corner and runs London Overground services to Liverpool Street in around ten minutes or Seven Sisters in around four minutes, for connections to the Underground. A number of buses run into central London and the neighbouring Dalston area.
Lease Length: approx. 92 years
Service Charge: approx. £1,200 per annum
Ground Rent: approx. £50 per annum
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Emil Eve Architects
Emil Eve Architects was founded by Emma and Ross Perkin in 2010. Based in Stoke Newington, London, the practice undertakes residential, commercial and public projects providing full architectural, interior design and planning advisory services. EEA specialise in projects in historic and listed buildings and enjoy the challenge of introducing contemporary interventions into complex contexts.
Before founding EEA, Ross spent a number of years working on residential projects with Stirling Prize and RIBA Gold Medal winner David Chipperfield Architects. Previously Ross worked with several notable architects including Malcolm Fraser in Edinburgh, Odile Decq in Paris and David Mikhail in London. Ross is a RIBA registered conservation architect and 2012 SPAB Lethaby Scholar.
Emma combines practice with teaching and is currently a design studio tutor at the University of Westminster. She has previously worked with DGT Architects in Paris on the new National Museum of Estonia. She has also worked with practices such as Levitate and Sanei Hopkins Architects in London where she gained experience of residential, commercial and historic projects.