Phipp Street

Amin Taha Architects, London, 2014


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  • Front Facade    
  • Street Corner    
  • Facade Detail 2    
  • Facade Detail 1    
  • Common Stair    
  • Staircases Meet    
  • Penetrating Staircases    
  • Main Office Space 1    
  • Stair Detail 2    
  • Main Office Space 2    
  • Utility As Furniture    
  • Acoustic & Fire Rated Ceiling    
  • Stair Detail 1    
  • Scheme Axonometric    
  • Ground Floor Plan    
  • First Floor Plan    
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  • WC Box    
  • Staircase Detail    

Office refurbishment of three floors within a mixed-use building accommodating retail on the ground floor with separate entry and residential on the top floor sharing common parts

Following the completion of the RIBA Award-winning Golden Lane office building Amin Taha Architects was asked to investigate the refurbishment possibilities of 18 Phipp Street, a mid-19th Century robustly built structure having accommodated a multiple of Victorian purposes from small scale manufacturing, clerks’ offices to storage.

Its current mixed-use function was accompanied with regulation compliant layers of plasterboard, internal partitions, suspended ceilings, floors, smoke lobbies and paraphernalia, masking the original material and internal form.

A team of structural and mechanical engineers, fire and acoustic consultants helped create a compliant strategy to strip away these layers and express the original material and structural fabric.

Additionally and to allow internal connection between floors without losing area or affecting escape routes from upper residential floors two staircases became three. This too being expressed internally and externally through previously painted over windows as two new and independent forms.


  • Begun: Dec 2013
  • Completed: Jun 2014
  • Floor area: 270m2
  • Sectors: Office, Residential
  • Total cost: £235,000
  • Funding: N/A
  • Tender date: Oct 2013
  • Procurement: JCT Intermediate contract
  • Address: 18 Phipp Street, London, EC2A 4NU, United Kingdom

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