The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) - Europe’s biggest annual architecture festival - is back in town. Taking place 1 - 30 June, the festival will feature events across the capital exploring the theme ‘memory’ and we're throwing open our doors to remember what our studio was like before it became Make HQ.
Dates: Friday 9th June, 17:00 - 20:00 and Saturday 10th June, 10:00 - 14:00
In 2015 we moved into our new studio at 32 Cleveland Street, which we designed ourselves. Formerly an NCP car park, it’s in the basement of Middlesex House in Fitzrovia. The building itself is a beautiful example of Art Deco architecture and was at one point a garment factory.
Reflecting ourselves in the design was a top priority. This meant retaining and refurbishing many original features, from the multi-pane windows and concrete pillars to the yellow paintwork details. The memory of the space’s former use is lovingly contained within these elements, as well as in a series of large photographs of the car park before demolition and during construction, displayed near the WCs.
The studio receives plenty of natural daylight, thanks to a new ETFE roof (essentially a giant, clear plastic pillow) over our entrance ramp, a new glass block rooflight, and three lightwells, one which is now a garden courtyard for staff.
The studio will be open on Friday 9th June, 17:00 - 20:00 and Saturday 10th June, 10:00 - 14:00. You can expect dozens of models in all shapes, sizes and materials, 3D printers going full-tilt, beautiful photos of our projects, some friendly Makers, and the chance to experience virtual reality with our HTC VIVE headset. What’s more, you can also visit our fantastic neighbours upstairs, Glenn Howells Architects and Fletcher Priest Architects, for a chance to see the whole building.