By Jack Williams
For designers of this bold London home, it was not a case of a bridge too far – despite being tucked into a 19th Century railway bridge.
Hitting the market with a price tag of £1.085 million, the twisting masterpiece looks more like a work of modern art than a humble abode.
And, yes, trains do still run on the viaduct above the property – which features steel foils that collectively form a protective acoustic shell, so the bedrooms and open-plan areas are undisturbed by the sounds of the railway above.
According to Charlie Monaghan of estate agent The Modern House, the home represents ‘a novel and ingenious response to an unconventional plot, offering a new paradigm for thinking about inhabitable infrastructure in urban areas’.
Based on Dartford Street, South East London, it was designed by Undercurrent Architects, and as well as a narrow modern exterior, the home comes with a spacious, contoured inside.
In total there are two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a study; the communal areas sit on various levels of a three-storey atrium, which is hit by natural light from above.
Charlie added: “Owing to the design merit of the property, anyone who is appreciative of the fundamental elements of good architecture – light, volume and material – would find a superlative home in Archway Studios.
“Tasked with designing around a 19th-century railway viaduct, Undercurrent Architects devised a light-filled, spacious and airy home in the most unexpected of locations.”