A 19th-century London beer bottling factory has reopened as seven luxury duplex apartments, collectively dubbed the Richmond Brewery Stores.
The industrial red brick building dating to 1882 housed the bottling operations for the nearby Landsdown Brewery until after WWI, when the British Foreign Legion purchased the building to manufacture the war’s iconic, commemorative poppy brooches. Developer Banda Property, which restored the signature facade and built out a series of contemporary glass duplexes, announced that sales have begun this month starting at £1.45 million (US$1.9 million).
The factory, located in the suburban London town of Richmond, serves as the base for the glass-lined development, which features seven two- and three-bedroom apartments with glass walls and balconies overlooking the Thames.
In addition to the beverage and poppy businesses, British retail giant Marks & Spencer bought the building in the 1950s to manufacture toys.
The developer’s in-house design studio layed out the apartments with its “trademark, pared back style,” it said in a news release.
Head designer See-Beng Ng said he wanted to create open living spaces centered around the rare river views.
“I wanted to blur the lines between inside and outside by creating a very fluid space that would enhance the expansive views and celebrate all the natural light,” Mr. Ng said in a statement.
His design features open living spaces free of obstruction between the living room, dining room, kitchen and balcony, “so that wherever you are—be it at the dining table, on the sofa, outside on the balcony or cooking in the kitchen – you are always connected,” he said.
The apartments also feature oversized, marble bathrooms and light-filled bedrooms courtesy of large overhanging skylights, images of the development show.
The smaller flats span about 1,059 square feet while larger, three-bedroom units are about 1,470 square feet and are listed for £2 million (US$2.66 million), according to Banda.
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