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Leicester Print Workshop, Leicester

Simple but elegant detailing

Anton Gorlenko
Anton Gorlenko

Takero Shimazaki Architects for Leicester Print Workshop

Contract value: Confidential

GIA: 789 m²

RIBA East Midlands Small Project Award

RIBA East Midlands Project Architect of the Year Award, Jennifer Frewen


The Leicester Print Workshop is a transformation of a 1970s former glass warehouse to create new printmaking studios, library, gallery and education spaces in the city’s cultural quarter. The new openings in the existing brick elevations frame activities within, while reuse of existing brickwork allows subtle remodelling of existing openings.

  • Credit: Anton Gorlenko
  • Credit: Anton Gorlenko
  • Credit: Anton Gorlenko
  • Credit: Anton Gorlenko

Internally the very tight budget has been maximised by a palette of low cost materials and white walls set off by simple but elegant detailing and careful consideration of space. According to the artists involved, the collaboration has transformed not only the premises, but also the artists, members and Leicester itself. This has been achieved in a number of ways - not least the improvements in the public realm and in the way the client body and design team thought beyond the limitations of budget to produce an exemplar of sustainable renewal in cities.

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