Chanarin Residence, by Chris Dyson Architects

Marvellous architecture firm Chris Dyson Architects has unveiled its latest work in Architects’ Journal, Chanarin Residence. Dyson is best-known for his work restoring/updating  early Georgian silk-weavers’ houses in Spitalfields (where he also lives and works), and this is no exception. He has a big head start of course, because in these beautiful buildings he has been gifted the best possible raw materials to work with, but nonetheless his work is exquisitely sensitive to the balance of historical detail and modern requirements. A rear extension is entirely contemporary in feel, while the restored rooms are old-meets new. The bathroom comes with a freestanding tub with very contemporary fittings – Georgian houses didn’t have bathrooms, so why bother with pastiche? – and the bone-coloured timber kitchen units are incredibly understated, inherently suiting their panelled surroundings. The practice always takes on the interior design for its projects – and such coherence shows.



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