Saint Martins Lofts in the heart of London’s vibrant Soho district

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Saint Martins Lofts – the architect’s description: Darling Associates have designed thirteen original loft style apartments in the former Saint Martins School of Art in Charing Cross Road, London. The premium apartments occupy four floors above the new Foyles bookstore designed by Liftschutz Davidson Sandilands. The project was technically challenging; the services for the apartments had to be threaded through the store, the existing fabric was comprehensively refurbished and extended vertically and there were significant rights of light issues.

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The design of the apartments respects the rich architectural and artisan history of the building, while providing characteristic loft-style living. Each generously proportioned apartment is intentionally minimalist and paired down to highlight the building’s essential character, and to create a sense of calm at the heart of London’s vibrant Soho district. The living and dining spaces in the five East-facing duplex apartments are double height volumes that exploit the light provided by the original high studio windows. The large terraces of the three lateral apartments and the two penthouses have been designed to provide unique roof level views westwards across central London.

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All lofts have been designed with the highest quality industrial style interiors using materials in their raw form to showcase their natural beauty. Fine-crafted custom-made elements from concrete and stone basins to blackened steel single-piece balustrades and joinery make this scheme a unique residential destination. Feature bookshelves and libraries have been designed into every apartment to reference the Foyles bookshop below.

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The open plan living arrangement is complemented by the full-height custom-made doors which blend into the walls to visually de-clutter the interiors and enhance the overall impression of space. The stark white gallery-like units are effectively a blank canvas on which the new owners are encouraged to display their personal art collection and, perhaps, revive the ambiance of the old classrooms.

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In the entrance to the building and on the apartment floors, Darling Associates have chosen to reference the building’s past as the home of Central Saint Martin’s College. The lobby hosts an art installation displaying the names of notable alumni. This concept is carried throughout the upper corridors with photographs of past students at work and their artworks displayed on the walls.

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