After a thoughtful restoration, a former chapel in South London embraces a new calling as a vibrant, contemporary space for a local artist.

When London architect Alex Nikjoo, of the UK–based firm NIKJOO, was tasked with repurposing an old Victorian chapel that had fallen into disrepair, he immediately became inspired by the historic structure. 

Taking cue from the original form of the chapel, NIKJOO's transformation brings new life and purpose to the building, while still respecting its remarkable past.

Taking cue from the original form of the chapel, NIKJOO’s transformation brings new life and purpose to the building, while still respecting its remarkable past.

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With the help of his talented team, Nikjoo stripped the building down to its original form and carefully injected a rich, yet minimalist material palette into the volume’s existing fabric. 

The renovation features a pulpit-like mezzanine that overlooks the main living space. This new cantilevered structure creates a focused central nucleus for the home.

The renovation features a pulpit-like mezzanine that overlooks the main living space. This new cantilevered structure creates a focused central nucleus for the home. 

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By transforming the former vestry in the rear of the chapel into three new bedrooms, and constructing a new cantilevered mezzanine into the main space, the structure now breathes new life as a contemporary studio space, gallery, and family home for an artist. Keep scrolling to take a peek inside.

Containing the kitchen, office, library, and plant room, the building can be seen as a form of a pulpit, a place to foster the owner’s life and work. A birch plywood skin wraps the mezzanine structure, linking spaces and functions.

Containing the kitchen, office, library, and plant room, much of the interiors can be seen as a form of a pulpit, a place to foster the owner’s life and work. A birch plywood skin wraps the mezzanine structure. 

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See the full story on Dwell.com: A Neglected Chapel Is Reborn as an Artist’s Live/Work Space

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