Tuesday, 24 September 2013

From parlous state to concrete showpiece

London's oldest concrete domestic structure was part of the Open House London weekend event, celebrating architecture, people and place. To be found at 549 Lordship Lane, this innovative building was home, albeit briefly, for its pioneering creator, Charles Drake, who created a standardised method of forming concrete walls using timber shuttering. A ruined shell for nearly 30 years, this unique house has been rejuvenated by the efforts of co-ordinator, Heritage of London Trust (HOLTOP). Conservation architects, The Regeneration Practice, have helped bring it back to life in the form of rescued coving, original paint colours, a gothic iron bell pull and clay ridge tiles, as well as creating five new flats which will be sold by Hexagon Housing Association. The queue for this Grade II listed building, dating back to 1873, was a worthwhile wait. My rose-gold Jonathan Kelsey heels were surprisingly comfortable - as was my Joseph cardigan, jumper and trousers. My shaggy scarf is by Tait & Style, sunglasses by Gucci, and bag by Italian label, Kontessa.

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