Giles Reid

Coach House . Bermondsey

Giles Reid Architects . photos: © Stale Eriksen

The brief was to convert two floors of an 18th C coach house in Bermondsey. The major constraint was a lack of direct sunlight. The building had been free-standing when the client bought the property. However, over time, the building had become surrounded by new development.

The design relocates the living room to the upper level, where there is the best natural light. The kitchen is relocated into a small back area, allowing the creation of the largest possible family space. All bedrooms are placed on the ground floor. They face a narrow courtyard which backs onto a neighbouring glass curtain wall, providing reflected light.

All internal brick walls had, at some point in the past, been shot blasted. They were dark brown and pitted, making the rooms dark. We gave the brick a lime slurry and white paint finish to bounce the light around. Exposed beams were upgraded with fire protection paint, also white. Engineered English ash was used for flooring. Built- in joinery is made of solid ash.

Coach House Bermondsey Giles Reid Architects
Project Details
Name Coach House
Location Bermondsey, London
Dates 2021 – 22
Client Private
Budget Private
Architect Giles Reid Architects
Assistant Anna Mołodij
Contractor Formwork Construction Ltd.
Joinery Formwork Construction Ltd.
Structural Engineer Jacqui Osborne Consulting Engineers Ltd
Photography Stale Eriksen
Bathroom Original Bathrooms
Flooring Wood Flooring Engineered Ltd.
Ironmongery AH Brass
Lighting TM Lighting
Tiling Bert and May
Worktops Stone Age