£1m to £1.99M
New Build, Listed Building - Grade II
Unit 31 , Regent Studios , 8 Andrews Road , LONDON , E8 4QN
The refurbishment and extension of an established day centre for young homeless people in Kings Cross, in a Grade II listed building. Based on the concept of Home, and how to invest an institutional building with the nurturing qualities - flexibility, ease, generosity - of a welcoming, settled house. The ability to make yourself at home was the key strategy at both furniture and room scales. Infrastructural furniture pieces ? concrete counter, oak and leather banquette, allow a creative inhabitation. A spectrum of privacy and surveillance conditions is quietly provided, leaving the user free to find their own space, from the big oak kitchen table to an intimate window seat. This culminates in an oak-lined performance space, a lofty room of billowing, folding roof planes, an enveloping home for the imagination. A fully equipped rehearsal studio, it is as usable for a quiet chat as for a noisy workshop. The architects undertook the conservation report, design of the furniture, directional signage, external landscaping and planting scheme. Client and user workshops were held at all stages - an extremely valuable part of the design process.