The Bryant Building on Great Eastern Street, typical of the fine 19th century warehouses built in London’s Shoreditch, was originally used as a workshop for furniture makers. Our client sought to capitalise on the area’s development as the new centre of creative London, by creating a building that combines very cool workspace with eight new apartments.
Two distinct elements come together in our scheme: studio offices on the five levels of the existing structure, and two new floors of residential space at the top. A 5m high ground floor connects through lightwells to the lower ground floor at front and rear. The result is a dramatic, fully accessible office building which provides flexible space for the creative technology industry
The office space celebrates the character of the existing building fabric by exposing cast iron columns, steel beams and rough brickwork. Polished concrete floors, patinated brass and black steel further echo the industrial heritage of the building and appeal to the new TMT sector.
The new apartments on the upper levels have their own distinct entrance on Willow Street and a very different, clean aesthetic. Large roof terraces open out from cleverly planned apartments that pinwheel around a small central courtyard. The shape of the existing building below required ingenious space planning resulting in quirky yet generous space. Each home is private, sheltered and offers quiet luxury in an area that hosts some of London’s busiest nightlife.