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Stairs become storage in Syte Architects’ artist studio conversion

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Syte Architects has completed this £155k conversion of an artist’s studio in Maida Vale, London 


The £154,800 project transformed an existing listed studio space with a 7m-high vaulted ceiling which was once the workplace of sculptor Willi Soukop.

The client, who has been based in the studio for 20 years, wanted more space to store canvasses and materials.

Syte Architects has added a mezzanine to create a new room with its staircase access providing inbuilt storage.

Greville Road Studio by Syte Architects

Architect’s view

We inserted a floating mezzanine into the large volume to create a new room, ensuring that it was kept free of the perimeter walls and above the existing tall studio doors. The mezzanine staircase was conceived as part of the large storage to be one entity.

The spacing of staircase treads established a module which formed the basis of the whole storage unit. These developed into a series of vertical fins that could be inhabited in various ways for the storage of paintings and materials. Double depth storage is available under the first flight, slimming to a single depth under the upper flight. The entire unit is constructed from birch-faced plywood.

Greville Road Studio by Syte Architects

Greville Road Studio by Syte Architects

Project data

Location Greville Road, London
Type of project conversion
Client Benedict Pulsford
Architect Syte Architects
Structural engineer Michael Barclay Partnership
Lighting consultant Syntax Lighting
Main contractor Aspect Construction
Funding private
Appointment Word of Mouth
Tender date July 2014
Start on site date October 2014
Completion date August 2015
Contract duration 32 weeks
Gross internal floor area 36.2m2
Form of contract and/or procurement JCT Minor Works
Total cost £154,800

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