THE OLD AEROWORKS
Location: Edgware Road, London
Architect: Sir Terry Farrell
Client: The Modern House
One of London’s most remarkable living spaces, this completely individual penthouse apartment sits at the top of the Old Aeroworks, a former Art Deco aircraft factory that was redesigned for residential occupancy by architects Munkenbeck & Marshall. The apartment itself was designed by the world-renowned architect Sir Terry Farrell, for his own use, the interiors of which take inspiration from the iconic fighter planes – most notably the Spitfire – that were manufactured on the factory floors.
Built in 1920, The Old Aeroworks is one of the earliest all-concrete buildings in Britain. Originally owned by Bovis Homes, the factory was established to take advantage of the timber that was brought up the Thames to the nearby Paddington Basin, and manufacturing entire homes under one roof. The outbreak of WWII meant that many industrial buildings were repurposed to help with the war effort.