Tasou Associates of London stumbled upon a gold mine of sorts. Tasked with converting an abandoned warehouse into office space, after previous attempts had failed, led to an amazing discovery.
Building Renovation Exposes Historic Past For Tasou Associates
Tasou Associates of London stumbled upon a gold mine of sorts. Tasked with converting an abandoned warehouse into office space, after previous attempts had failed, led to an amazing discovery. The two-storey structure was built in the 1850s and has been largely neglected in recent decades.
The renovation began by stripping the building down to reveal the original structure. That was where they found layers of history ranging from patchwork brick walls and an old loading door to a crumbling street-level hoist. These remnants of bygone days inspired the new design which was considered as “an impression of the history without attempting to replicate it.”
The project entailed opening up the building to increase natural daylight. This would, in turn, create a bright and uncluttered office space. A central statement staircase created from folded steel also acts as a central partition on the ground and first floor. The result is several semi-private workspaces that do not waste space for corridors.
A private office was added as a rooftop extension which is clad in black zinc and hints at the building’s industrial heritage. Large windows and a skylight from this office filters light into the spaces below through the stairwell.
A simple material palette decorates each workspace using exposed brick, oak and walnut detailing and plasterboard painted in a light grey. There’s even a small kitchen and bathroom hidden within the design. Sliding timber shutters frame the exterior windows making this historic building a blast from the past that still has value as office space.
Photography is by Rory Gardiner.
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