For Fora’s eighth flexible workspace at 42-46 Princelet Street, Piercy&Company drew inspiration from the rich heritage of the iconic Brick Lane in east London to showcase the best of British craft.
42-46 Princelet Street substantially refurbishes and extends an existing building, originally two buildings and since connected to form a single space.
The design introduces a stepped one to two storey roof extension, gaining space and resolving issues of poor internal day lighting. The pleated roof space features large north light glazing, a contemporary version of the weaving lofts that once filled the Brick Lane area.
Internally, the scheme expands the existing atrium and extends it upwards through the two new floor levels. A new winding stair within the atrium provides a dynamic central space, enhancing natural light and creating connections and interactivity between floors. The entrance is remodelled internally to carve out a double height reception space and strengthen the visual connection to the café space on the lower ground floor.