“For me that’s about saving sites with an interesting history, but which have been abandoned and forgotten.” Says the British architect Laura Clark who has carried out an amazing renovation on a property. The property was an abandoned public restroom that was located underneath the Crystal Palace Parade in London.
The 600m2 site has been transformed into an amazingly wonderful private home that features a living room, bedroom, small patio and a kitchen. Clark found out about this public restroom in 2005 after graduating from Glasgow School of Art and moving to London. That is when she decided to take up the project.
The site was built in late 20’s and served the public till 80’s. Since the property was not available for commercial use, she decided to transform it into a one bedroom apartment and following a plethora of meetings with Lambeth Council’s regeneration department, she purchased the place in 2011.
It has been evolved from old restrooms into a comfortable and bright home. The end result of years of dedicated hard work is a cozy and full of light one-bedroom apartment that she proudly calls her home. The kitchen tiles and a mirror situated in the living room were restored from the original building as a souvenir of its true origins. The bathroom is quite a luxurious one and features a gold-leaf wall that she installed herself to impart a bit of glamour to the home. The house even features a subterranean garden that imparts a homely and fresh feel.
She has left a small public health poster warning about the consequences of VD in the kitchen for lightening up the mood. The whole project cost her a total of £65,000 along with quite a bunch of energy and creativity.
Laura Clark is also the founder of Lamp Architects, a firm that specializes in residential architecture.