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Minimalist lofts built atop converted button factory

Merging housing with renovated artist studios

A square brick building with three rows of windows. The Modern House

It’s a classic story of adaptive reuse: What was once an operational factory is now home to cool lofts in East London. The London Button Factory used to be, you guessed it, a button factory. Over the last year, Fentiman Design and Orsinibrewin Architects renovated the stately Victorian building into artist studios and three modern loft spaces with exposed wood, soaring ceilings, and asymmetrical rooflines.

The lofts, now on the market for anywhere between £550,000 and £795,000 (that’s around $685,000 to $990,000), occupy the top level, which was added to the original three story brick building. The floors below house artist studios. Each apartment gets is own roof profile—flat, sawtooth, or pitched, which makes each space feel unique.

A black volume on top of a brick building features jagged rooflines. The Modern House

Inside, the apartments embrace their loft heritage with the requisite modern-meets-industrial touches. Though the layout of each apartment is different, all of the designs are outfitted with white walls, polished concrete floors, lots of plywood, and a brick terrace for outdoor lounging.

Living room with slanted roof and glass wall leading to a patio. The Modern House
Kitchen with pale wood cabinets. The Modern House
Kitchen with an island and two bar seats. The Modern House
Corner of a bathroom with grid tiles and windows. The Modern House
Bedroom with white wall and wooden wall. The Modern House