London home built beneath railway viaduct is on sale for £1.2million 

Underneath the arches: Award-winning London home built beneath 19th century railway viaduct is up for sale for £1.2million

  • Archway Studios, in south-east London, is built around a 19th century railway viaduct and is next to trainline 
  • Quirky property cleverly uses strategically-placed skylights and concave walls to guide light into the arch  
  • A weathered steel outer shell also provides ‘acoustic control’, meaning it remains quiet despite passing trains

Homebuyers can get back on track with a quirky award-winning home built into a railway arch that has gone on the market for £1.2m.

The extraordinary Archway Studios, in Walworth, south east London, is built around a 19th century railway viaduct next to a trainline and cleverly uses strategically-placed skylights and concave walls to transport light into the deep recesses of the arch.

The weathered steel outer shell provides ‘acoustic control’, meaning it is surprisingly quiet inside despite trains going by, and privacy from the street.

It won the prestigious House of the Year at the New London Architecture Awards in 2013 and its creator has now put the house on the market with Winkworth.

Archway Studios is based in Walworth, south-east London, and was built around a 19th century railway viaduct next to a trainline and is clad in a weather steel outer shell that provides ‘acoustic control’, meaning it remains surprisingly quiet inside despite passing trains 

What is even more astounding is the quirky property’s interior. Inside, it is bright and airy with a huge amount of natural light able to pass through strategically-placed skylights and concave walls into the deep recesses of the arch

The astonishing property won the prestigious House of the Year at the New London Architecture Awards in 2013 and its creator, architect Didier Ryan, has now put the house on the market with Winkworth for an eye-watering £1.2million

This photo demonstrates how much natural light is able to flood the property. Carefully and strategically designed skylights fill the bright and breezy inside with sunlight 

The two-bedroom home has a large living space with a 16ft-high vaulted ceiling in the former railway arch, linked to a three-storey atrium with the other rooms adjoining

Architect Didier Ryan and his photographer wife Candice Lake have lived in the house since but are now selling to move somewhere bigger for their growing family.

The two-bedroom home has a large living space with a 16ft-high vaulted ceiling in the former railway arch, linked to a three-storey atrium with the other rooms adjoining.

It has 1,620 sq ft with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and study as well as the large living space.

Didier said: ‘This centrally located house brings out the best of inner city living.

‘It’s close to Southbank, Bermondsey and central London with great transport links in all directions so you are right in the thick of it, but is highly private and introspective when you want respite from the hustle and bustle.


Architect Didier Ryan and his photographer wife Candice Lake have lived in the house since but are now selling to move somewhere bigger for their growing family

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Didier said: ‘This centrally located house brings out the best of inner city living. ‘It’s close to Southbank, Bermondsey and central London with great transport links in all directions so you are right in the thick of it, but is highly private and introspective when you want respite from the hustle and bustle’

The current owner said that the house is expansive and its lucky buyer will be able to ‘really unwind or entertain in a huge space filled with light and loftiness, but it is also comfortable and intimate with lots of mysterious corners for private reflection’

Despite its appearance from the outside, the award-winning home offers huge amounts of space for storage, meaning you can live without feeling cluttered’

The house is based right next to a trainline. But, despite this, its current owners say it is the quietest home they ever lived in. Candice said: ‘You never hear anything except for the soft hum of a train passing’

The unusual property boasts excellent transport links and is close to Southbank, Bermondsey and central London. It has 1,620 sq ft with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and study as well as the large living space

‘The house is expansive, so you can really unwind or entertain in a huge space filled with light and loftiness, but it is also comfortable and intimate with lots of mysterious corners for private reflection.

‘There’s a huge amount of storage for all your personals but storage is tucked away so you can live without feeling cluttered.

‘From the outside it appears a curious industrial relic of the railway; from the inside, a bright, white, spacious inner retreat.’

Candice added: ‘This home has been a real gift to live in. It is huge, like living in a loft.

‘I love that it is hidden from the street so you feel like it is your very own secret. I also love seeing people’s faces upon entering, it is like stepping into Narnia.

Candice added: ‘This home has been a real gift to live in. It is huge, like living in a loft. I love that it is hidden from the street so you feel like it is your very own secret. I also love seeing people’s faces upon entering, it is like stepping into Narnia’

The current owners are so besotted with the home that they said they would never leave if it wasn’t for their expanding family. Candice said: ‘My husband has poured so much love into making this home and it is very hard to pot on the market’


‘There is a reason it won House of the Year award for London. It is the most magical place to entertain, read a book, lay down and watch the clouds pass by,’ Candice concluded

This floor-plan of the home shows just how much space is available inside the two-bedroom property 

‘It is so big and white and yet it still feels so intimate. It is bright and warm during the whole winter thanks to the huge glass atrium and underfloor heating throughout the house. It is also lovely and airy in summer, with all the large cross ventilating windows.

‘After living all over London and New York, this is by far the quietest home I have ever lived in.

‘There is no traffic to speak of and the neighbours are all quite a distance, so you never hear anything except the soft hum of a train passing.

‘I truly love this home, I would never leave if our family wasn’t expanding.. My husband has poured so much love into making this home and it was very hard to put it on the market as it is really somewhere I wish my children could grow and see.

‘There is a reason it won House of the Year award for London. It is the most magical place to entertain, read a book, lay down and watch the clouds pass by.’

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