06 St. Chad's PlaceImages1 / Information
Location London WC1
Status Completed 2004
Originally a Victorian warehouse building, St Chad’s Place was acquired by the practice in 2003 to become a café, restaurant and bar providing facilities for the public and the practice.
The building was designed with minimal intervention: The brick walls were simply sand blasted, and the original timber trussed roof was kept and a roof light added. Full height doors that overlooked the street were reinstated and, when open in summer, allow direct interaction with the street. A long counter of cream resin runs along one wall at waist height, encouraging an intimacy between staff and clientele.
The back of the building has been simplified, and a full height wall hides all the services, toilets and storage. Out of this wall emerge a number of functions rather like an advent calendar, including signage, a plasma screen, and a menu board. The wall is covered by a photograph which references the nearby station platforms.
Client Squire and Partners
Contractor Circus Ltd
Services Peter Deer and Associates
Structure Price and Myers
Photography Will Pryce, James Jones
FX International Interior Design Awards winner
Camden Design Awards finalist