Westbourne Grove Church: When Luxury Meets Traditional Gothic

Take a look at how an old church building was given a completely new lease of life with a bit of interior decorating to create luxury.


Whenever we think gothic buildings, we usually think of old and dingy basements, crumbling walls and gargoyles skulking on the rooftops.

And when it comes to old buildings, we often think of tearing them down and building new ones in their place.

But DOS Architects didn’t think that way. The studio based in London decided to do something completely different. They looked at Westbourne Grove Church, an old chapel with its unstable foundations its dingy basement and the cracks on the walls, and they saw something to preserve instead of to tear down.

But in the middle of all that preservation, they built something else. Now, the top 2 floors of this chapel holds a deep dark secret…





Since it had double height ceilings, DOS Architects converted it into a loft to  emphasize the open floor plan.

They also went with a bright colour scheme of pinks and purples to accentuate the theme of white and glass.



The floating glass staircase also adds to the modern refurbished effect. It’s incredible to see their ability to modernize the interior of an old building, from ceiling to floor.


The advantage of the traditional building design are the high arched windows.

They let in plenty of light, and double glazed glass probably makes the new occupants thankful that they don’t have to suffer when the winter cold comes around!


A modern kitchen and dining area. The only quirky aspect that contrasts with the luxe interior design is the chalkboard wall.

But they are very popular now especially in kitchen areas for ever-changing menus.


Even the bedroom and bathroom receive the luxurious treatment, with purple-blue accents to complement the white theme. Check out that glass door leading to the bathroom! Wonder if there’s an actual door/wall in real life?


The arched windows allow plenty of light to stream in, and the purple-blue wallpaper provide gothic accents with a luxurious twist.

In fact, the entire refurbishment has injected luxury into traditional goth, an idea almost never seen before but very well-executed.

Because quite often if you think of luxury goth, it’s to the themes of black velvet, with dark purple or dark red, giving a moody feel.

Dracula’s castle could be luxury goth, no?


But this area has gone a very different route in terms of combining the two together. And what has resulted is clean luxurious designs with a nod to the initial traditional gothic style.

Love it!

All images from DOS Architects.

Much Love,

Fari Wu


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6 comments on “Westbourne Grove Church: When Luxury Meets Traditional Gothic
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