Studio was converted from NCP car park
Make has completed its new offices, converted from an underground NCP car park in Fitzrovia, central London.
The open-plan studio retains the industrial aesthetic, with concrete pillars, exposed services and restored Crittal windows along what was the entrance ramp. This has been repurposed with a series of stepped platforms that provide a wide entrance sequence, plus areas for informal meetings and space for displaying models.
The steps are covered by a translucent EFTE canopy allowing light down from street level to the basement office space.
Full-length windows and sliding doors on the east and south walls also draw in light from a garden and lightwell.
Circular desks are arranged around the car park’s concrete pillars and underfloor heating and cooling has been installed. The space uses 100% LED lighting.
Make founder Ken Shuttleworth said he was “thrilled” to be up and running in the new studio after two years in a temporary space provided by Arup.
It was completed in time for the practice’s annual party last week.
The practice has signed a 15-year lease with Derwent for the 1,300sq m space beneath art deco Middlesex House, a former garment-making factory on Cleveland Street.
This story first appeared on Building Design.