The project is a mixed-use development of three Victorian industrial buildings that form a prominent corner on Berwick Street, Soho. The buildings, originally built as a warehouse and workrooms for the costume industry, had become threadbare. The redevelopment aimed to restore their understated style and make improvements to keep in line with the extensive rebuilding that, for better or worse, is occurring in Soho.
facade ©Peter Cook
view from the back alley to the building ©Peter Cook
harmony with the neighborhood style ©Peter Cook
Identified as an unlisted building of merit within the Conservation area, AMA achieved planning consent for two additional floors, plus further extensions to the back and side of the building. A key strategy was to maximise the retail frontage and create a new dedicated entrance to the upper floor workspaces, accessed via a double-height reception lobby along Livonia Street.
two additional floors ©AMA
▼面向Livonia大街的双层通高大厅，double-height reception lobby along Livonia Street ©Peter Cook
stairs towards the upper floor workspaces ©Peter Cook
stair detail ©Peter Cook
Internally, a single circulation core was created, with a new lift, providing access to open office spaces which occupy each floor laterally. Large windows frame magnificent views of the surrounding urban fabric. These same views are also enjoyed from two roof terraces.
▼大面积的开窗使周围壮丽的城市景色尽收眼底， large windows frame magnificent views of the surrounding urban fabric ©Peter Cook
same views are also enjoyed from two roof terraces ©Peter Cook
The design embeds the buildings within the historical character of Berwick Street. Externally, black plasterwork together with black windows and shopfronts complement the existing London brick. Internally, white painted walls, brickwork and terrazzo are interwoven with bespoke metalwork, giving a visual link as you travel through the space: the sheets of perforated metal and the continuous line of the handrail evoke fabric and thread, recalling the textile origins of the building.
▼卫生间， wc ©Peter Cook
▼穿孔的金属隔板与连续的金属扶手，让人回想起该项目原本作为纺织工业建筑的历史背景， the sheets of perforated metal and the continuous line of the handrail evoke fabric and thread, recalling the textile origins of the building ©Peter Cook
▼材料细部，material details ©AMA
▼工作模型，work model ©AMA
Location: Berwick Street, London, UK
Project size: 15000 ft2
Completion date: 2020
Building levels: 5
Project team: Alexander Martin Architects
Photography: Peter Cook