Old Victorian Gas Tanks Are Now a Swank London Apartment Complex

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When one hears that a new Central London apartment building is made from refurbished gas tanks, chic may not be the first word that comes to mind. But once you see the structure, you can't help but feel that the design — while uber-industrial and modern — is, in fact, quite elegant.

Gas holders — immense gas tanks that contained enough fuel to warm city dwellers — were common throughout London for 200 years, and came in many forms and styles. Over time, the need for gas holders decreased, and by the '90s, many of them were destroyed. A charming and historic part of London's industrial heritage, many people have made efforts to preserve them. Gasholders London, with its large Victorian-era columns and modern amenities, is one such preservation achievement.

To create a unique design in one of the building's two-bedroom apartments, No.12 Studio chose to complement and highlight the complexity of the architecture. One of the ways they did this was through careful consideration of how natural light interacts with the space. And to contrast with the property's harsher, industrial tones, the team brought in plush objects and calming hues to give the space texture and warmth. (How fitting.)

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Living Room

The perforated metal exterior encasing the balcony creates a pattern of light and shadows that is cast across the living room's neutral-hued furnishings.

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cane chair in living room
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Living Room

The rug, a custom work by No.12, plays on the theme of curvatures throughout the room. Curtains made by Cameron Broom work in tandem with the eyelet-like holes in the exterior metal facade.

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modern dining room with curved furniture
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Dining Room

Poured resin floors give the shared areas in the apartment a seamless and immaculate feel. A mix of vintage and modern centerpieces on the custom dining table adds extra character to the modern design.

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round marble dining table
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Dining Room

The most complex challenge in designing the two-bedroom, 1,000-square-foot apartment was working with the circular and pie-shaped floor plates. So No.12 developed ways to use curved elements — like this dining table created specifically for the space — that would harmonize with the curve of the walls.

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Bedroom

The headboard, upholstered in a faux suede, brings softness to the bedroom.

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bedroom with low side table
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modern vanity and west elm lamps
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Bedroom

A Georg Console Table made by Christina L. Halstrom for Skagerak Denmark functions as a minimalist vanity with the addition of a Fazer mirror by Studio Gud for & Ratio. Bower LED floor lamps from West Elm are yet another nod to the apartment's round theme.


After interning at Dwell magazine in San Francisco, Kate began writing about arts, design and culture for other national publications. She is based in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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