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Victorian-era Brick Workshop Becomes Slick Home and Gallery for Curator in London

The exposed brick and black-metal accents are gorgeous

We've seen converted barns (and disused grain silos and sewer pipes) become interesting, surprisingly livable homes, but we have yet to see a former workshop become both a home and a gallery.

But that's just what U.K. firm Threefold Architects did for a curator in east London, when approached by the client to carve a residence out of two ailing structures centered on a courtyard. The result is a site with two discrete, though related, uses, accommodating a home for the art aficionado and an adjacent double-height exhibition space.

In the residence, exposed-brick walls and original translucent glass-brick windows nod at the space's original use and provides a gritty visual contrast to the architects' interventions in the space, which include black-metal accents galore, as for partitions in the largely open floorplan and for a floating, folded-steel stair that leads to the second level.

The house "was designed as an extension of the gallery," Threefold Architects told Dezeen, and, as such, there are open areas for private screenings and exhibitions in the curator's home, too.

Threefold Architects transforms workshop and shop to create combined gallery and home [Dezeen]

10 Rad Homes Converted from Strange, Unexpected Spaces [Curbed]

All Conversions coverage [Curbed]