Tasou Associates, 2018
9 Jeffrey's Place, NW1 9PP
Historic 1850s Camden warehouse, recently renovated by Tasou Associates to rationalise internal spaces, open up the building to more natural daylight and create a comfortable office space.
King's Cross, Camden Road
88, 46, 31, 27, 24, 214, 168, 134
Closest stations are Camden Road (Overground) and Camden Town (Northern Line). It's also about a 20 min walk along Regent's canal from Kings Cross / St Pancras station.
There's a small step up to the building
Originally constructed at around 1850s as a storage space / coach house, the building had gone through series of modernisation and its maintenance was neglected. It is evident that 9 Jeffrey's Place pre-dates neighbouring buildings on the street. After grid ceilings and existing layers of plasterboard were removed, the layers of history started to appear. A unique patchwork of brickwork showing marks of previous uses. Marks of bricked up door openings were revealed at first floor level, dating back to when the street was filled with warehouses and stables and the building was connected to its neighbours. The cobblestones below ground floor slab revealed a glimpse of how the building operated in the 1850s when it was built. A loading door and a crumbling hoist were visible from the street, although from inside the building looked like any other mundane office space.
These discoveries fundamentally inspired the design and all new additions were carefully considered as an impression of the history without attempting to replicate it.
Sliding timber shutters echo original stable frontage when shut, whilst also providing control of light and privacy to the ground floor of the office. The timber lining continues inside, concealing a small kitchen and WC. A new storey was added on top with a large central skylight that pours light down into the spaces below. The rooftop extension, which is clad in black standing seam zinc, is set back from the front of the building and is barely visible from the ground level. The space is used as a private office with a long high-level window offering views of the treetops of the gardens behind.
To rationalise wasteful corridor space, the building is divided in two by a folded steel staircase that connects all three levels, defining more open and public spaces at the front and private spaces at the back that can be separated if required. Folded steel was chosen as a very deliberate reference to the building’s industrial past.
health, garden, event
West Kentish Town Conservation Area. Brandon Cadbury, (of the famous philanthropic chocolatiers) was so impressed with our founder and young peoples services he donated our building. As a thank you, we named the charity after him in 1984.
Nestled off a busy street in Camden, the former industrial building has been home to architectural firm Sheppard Robson for over 40 years. A series of additions have allowed more amenity, social spaces, and diversity in work settings.
Sheppard Robson, 1974
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