When travelling, the best way to do it is immerse yourself in the city you are staying in like you are a local. Air BnB is the number 1 way to do this. Not only is it significantly cheaper than staying in a hotel, you instantly have access to a range of locations hotels aren’t situated in.
While searching for places to stay on my recent trip to London, I came across this unique space in the heart of Bethnal Green. Known as the ‘Mini Penthouse’, this space has been converted from what used to be the water tank storage room of Keeling House. In 1999 this former council estate was sold and changed into a apartment building by a private developer. Key features of the renovation include a striking glass foyer with external water feature designed by local architects Munkenbeck and Marshall, and eight penthouses on what had previously been the service roof of a 15-storey building.
In 2009 architect Brian Heron who was living in the building, bought the concrete shell with plywood for £77,000 (approx $135,000AUD). Due to planning permission loopholes construction on the penthouse didn’t start until 2014.
The couple budgeted £250,000 for the build, but due to the complications that come with building on top of a tower block — including needing 18 floors of scaffolding and closing roads three times so mobile cranes could put in glass reinforced concrete panels – costs swiftly ran up to £400,000.
The apartment has mechanical ventilation, a heat recovery unit, underfloor heating, and an Automist fire suppression system on the 17th and 18th floors. It also has a small area of separate outside space on the 15th floor, which is covered overhead and has open sides; potentially this could be used for storage or as an outdoor studio space.
Oh and both floors have the most incredible views from the East and West of London with Sunets and Sunrises to die for….
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