A giant concrete room-within-a-room occupies the space where wooden counters and mail boxes once stood inside a converted Victorian post office apartment in London. The thoroughly modernized space reveals nothing of its past origins once you’re inside, focusing instead on how to maximize the available space in the oddly-shaped, window-filled property.
British studio 1508 London created a series of small private rooms tucked away in the corner of the cavernous apartment, which can be opened to the rest of the space using perforated concrete shutters.
The shutters can either open these rooms to the rest of the apartment and to the natural light streaming in through the windows, or close them for a feeling of cozy privacy.
Inspired by Russian political art, the raw concrete and weathered steel materials are meant to be imposing, bringing a sense of drama and order to the triangular double-height space.
The small acrylic lenses in the shutters bring in amplified light from the windows and provide distorted views of the living space, glowing from within after dark.