Shipping Containers in Porcelain Gallery Project, London

About Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop

Project Porcelain Gallery
Design  Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop
Year 2017
Location 45 Leather Ln, London
Containers 4
Photographer Nicholas Worley

This project is the first new build office to be approved with shipping containers construction within a Conservation area in central London. The containers are sprayed hues of red and yellow to match the original glazed bricks of the surrounding Listed Buildings.

Simon Astridge (on the project): "I want my clients to walk into a space and not be able to keep their hands in their pockets. I want them to touch the different hues, textures and colours of the tiled products. I want them to run their fingers over the walls and the floor. The porcelain gallery project allowed us to achieve our goals of sensorial architecture. Attention was paid to encompassing the rich history of Hatton Garden within the design, with the use of shipping containers representing the industrial heritage through to smaller details such as the antique light fittings and custom display cabinets designed to mimic and communicate the significance of the jewellery workshops still prevalent in the area.

The project is rooted within its context by orientating towards a mature locust tree and with the colours of the shipping containers taken from the surrounding grade listed buildings and classical red and yellow hues of London brick. Our celebratory concept for everything the visitor touches to be clay starts as soon as they enter the gallery with the gentle touch of the ceramic buzzer, this concept extends throughout the project with everything from the extruded stair handrail to the slender door handles being made from 100% natural clay. We meticulously designed all the pieces and their unique glazes with our ceramicist Emma Louise Payne."



Address: 45 Leather Ln, Holborn, London EC1N 7TJ, UK

Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop

The Workshop is far more than an award winning architecture practice. It is an assemblage of skilled architects, designers and crafts-people, who contribute through a collaborative process in the delivery of our projects. It is these people, their wisdom, their material knowledge, their working processes and dedication that define the Workshop. When you work with us, you gain access to these practised people and their craftsmanship. We believe in making, imagining, listening, learning, and empowering Workshop members, our collaborators and clients. Art, music, travelling, cuisine, words, wine, clothes, people and exhibitions inspire and inform our projects. Roger is our mentor, Sam supplies our porcelain, Luke, Mark, Wayne, Marcin and Rolandas manage our construction sites, Tyrone is our Engineer, Colin designs our kitchens, Emma makes our ceramics, Martin bends our metal, Nicholas photographs projects, Guy renders our clay, Bill is our embroider, Andy supplies our sanitary ware, Steve is our woodman and so on. We view these people who help us deliver our projects as Workshop members. Our portfolio and skills extend across many scales and sectors, from residential, retail, education, restaurants, and office design, to furniture, and product design.

Address Unit 5.08 Clerkenwell Workshops, 27/31 Clerkenwelll Close, London EC1R 0AT, UK
Phone +44 20 3432 9772


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Shipping Containers in Porcelain Gallery Project, London