Waddington Studios, Newington Green

Robust and flexible, light and charming

· Credit: Brotherton-locke

Featherstone Young Architects for Glendalough Associated SA

Contract value: £1.6m. GIA: 720m2

This mixed-use development is on a former industrial site surrounded by residential properties. The design manipulates form and materials to reflect this changing history. It provides photography studios, an artist’s studio and two flats, with a two-storey house for the owner to the rear, tucked under a folded green roof and built around an enchanting courtyard.

  • · Credit: Brotherton-locke
  • · Credit: Brotherton-locke
  • · Credit: Brotherton-locke
  • · Credit: Brotherton-locke
  • · Credit: Brotherton-locke

The studios are faced in oxidised steel panels cut with the perforated pattern found on the back of Waddington’s playing cards, which were once made on the site. A projecting timber clad room at the top of the building echoes the hoisting box common on older industrial buildings.

The project has made the absolute maximum out of a confined site with a building which is robust and flexible, light and charming showing how excellent architecture is often crafted out of the most unpromising context.


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