Fancy owning an enormous post office? Architect Christina Seilern snapped one up, then transformed the place into a fab family home
A converted early 20th-century sorting office in west London. In the basement is the playroom, with the living area, library, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a cloakroom on the ground floor. The kitchen, dining area and family room are on the first-floor mezzanine. The second floor houses the master bedroom suite and a study. There is also a roof terrace.
Christina had been living in New York, where loft living is common, and wanted a similar feeling of space in London. So when this place came up for sale, she knew it was for her – and her family.
The property had previously been a sorting office, then a theatre, so it had an industrial feel that could be used to the architect’s advantage. Christina liked that there was so much scope with its high ceilings and exposed ducts. She could really play around with the space and the lighting scheme.
Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves highlight the house’s voluminous height.
A snug niche is framed by some of the couple’s artwork.
Because of the building’s industrial heritage, it felt gloomy and dark. Multiple skylights now mean that artificial light is only ever needed at the very end of the day.
The low walls, both here and around the corner in the dining room, make perfect spots to display artwork
Originally built to allow vehicle access, the large steel door has since been redesigned. It is now partly screened by a freestanding panel and this heavyweight table, which was reclaimed from a welder’s yard.
Designed by Christina, the steel staircase is coated in a wax finish with a leather carpet glued centrally on the treads and the landing.
By dressing the kitchen to match the living area, the two spaces work in harmony.
Simple but dramatic statements reflect Christina’s flair for stop-and-stare design – a triangular skylight, an acid green headboard and bold art that dominates one wall.
A marble-clad tub with a bespoke vanity unit is a sleek tonal combo of contemporary design.
Because the house has no garden, Christina often sits up here to enjoy the views.
See more of Christina’s work at studioseilern.com
Photography / Paul Massey