Fitzrovia’s The Interlock by Bureau de Change architects is simultaneously historic and contemporary
Bureau de Change architects for HGG London
Contract value: undisclosed
Riding House Street in Fitzrovia hosts an extraordinary breadth of architectural styles but its piecemeal aesthetic is unified by the use of brickwork. The Interlock responds by taking the proportions of the neighbouring 19th century terrace and recasting its brick facade to create a building that is simultaneously historic and contemporary. It is clad in a collection of 44 misshapen Staffordshire blue brick types which appear to morph and twist like cogs. Behind the facade sit three new apartments and a café at street level with gallery beneath. At the rear, the building is set out as a series of stacked boxes, bringing daylight into the heart of the deep plan.