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Matheson Whiteley, London, 2017

 

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Refurbishment of a ground floor commercial warehouse in Clerkenwell to form a graphic design studio

North redevelops the ground floor of a commercial building in Clerkenwell to create a new studio for a London design agency.

At first glance, the base-building appears to date from the 1960’s. However, the process of removing existing internal walls and linings revealed a much older warehouse space and adjacent infilled light-court, originally constructed in 1877.

The main volume is reconfigured as a single, collaborative workspace and derives its character from fabric of the original building which is repaired and exposed. Support spaces are defined at either end by two floor-to-ceiling steel frames. These are partially infilled with patterned laminated glass sheets to provide privacy from the street at one end, and a partially-enclosed meeting room at the other.

A series of bespoke joinery items sub-divide the space, encouraging movement and staff collaboration by centralising common resources such as printers and review spaces.

The top-lit lightwell provides an area for social gathering. New softwood wall linings integrate storage and the existing roof-lights are motorised to provide natural ventilation and comfort.

Data

  • Begun: Mar 2017
  • Completed: Aug 2017
  • Floor area: 270m2
  • Total cost: £200,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Dec 2016
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works
  • Address: 18 Bowling Green Lane, London, EC1R 0BD, United Kingdom

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