There’s an authenticity to the interventions which never jar with the Victorian fabric
Sixtwo Architects for Urban Splash
Contract value: £3.4m
This warehouse conversion is special not only for being so lovingly restored but for its wit and energy. New is distinct from old; toilets are in containers with slabs cut out and services organised and exposed, with the top floor glazed to create an enviably inviting space.
This project reveals considerable skill and delight in detailing within a tight budget. There’s an authenticity to the interventions which never jar with the Victorian fabric, giving the building another, equally valid existence.
The landscape around is tough but considered. Horizontal super graphics in the parking bays reflect both necessary division for the cars and, in the diagram of cotton bobbins, the reason for the building’s original wealth. The new is as functional and straightforward as the old and the two co-exist in a clever and respectful composition to form a wonderful workplace.
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