Brookes Stacey Randall
First design ideas (plan drawings) for a loft conversion flat
Black fibre tipped pen on paper
Museum no. E.1600-2000
This is a drawing by the British architects Brookes Stacey Randall. It comes from a 1994 scheme to convert a disused loft space into a flat for a celebrity client. Lofts were originally designed for industrial storage and they may be thought of as large empty boxes. As such, they are ideal shells for the open-plan, double-height spaces that are popular with flat-dwellers today. In this project the spatial possibilities were matched by a generous budget and the architects were able to produce some unusual one-off designs. These preliminary sketches show some of the architects' first ideas. They include a rotating bathroom, a sunken bed and a kitchen and bathroom that can be 'put away' after use. All 11 plans are drawn freehand on the same sheet of paper, suggesting that at this early stage of the project anything and everything was possible.
This drawing can be found in Print Room Box 10B.