A 19th Century brewery in Covent Garden WC2 has been transformed into a well-lit office space with existing features restored to their original appearance. Minimal, crisp modern insertions are used to create dramatic contrasts in materials and form.
Walls were sandblasted to expose the original brickwork, while past alterations, such as stair details and malt ovens were left to show the patina of age. Cast iron columns were restored and brick arches cleaned and re-pointed to catch the light from dramatic new light sources. A solid oak floor ties together all 6,250 ft2 of space on ground and mezzanine. Similarly, solid oak is used for the new window boards and cills.
New balustrades of structural glass are used for a maximum contrast to the textured brickwork. Light fittings by Foscarini, Iguzzini, Martini and Zumtobel are used to give effective office light but with a sense of drama in double height spaces.