St Mary’s Somerset Tower

Prize Winner in Architectural Design / Heritage Architecture
Firm LocationLondon, United Kingdom
CompanyPilbrow and Partners
Lead DesignerPilbrow & Partners

St Mary’s Somerset Tower, London, UK The client’s brief was for the restoration and conversion of this 17th century, Grade I listed, Sir Christopher Wren designed church tower into a single private home. A vertical family home is being created over 9 floors of St Mary’s Church Tower. The tower is located in the City of London, south of St Paul’s Cathedral. In 1871, the church was demolished but the tower saved and on 4 January 1950 designated a Grade I listed building. The tower is divided to three main zones: The lower part, within the original stone dome, is used as the formal entrance lobby and an office/study space. The main body of the tower accommodates 3 bedrooms, borrowing light from the tower’s original windows designed to deflect the tower’s bell. The top of the building hosts the living spaces. A dining bridge hanged between two circular windows, floats above the kitchen on the 6th level. A 6m tall Living room would enjoy unrestricted views to the building’s pinnacle. A new glazed roof, would enable to view the 8 original stone finials crowning the top of the tower.