Open House Festival

215 Mare Street

architectural practice

Morris+Company, 2022

215 Mare Street, E8 3QE

Morris+Company moved to Hackney in September 2022, a year in occupation and in collaboration with the 215 Mare St residents, it will open doors to the community and the wider public, featuring exhibitions, workshops and tours of the studios

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215 Mare Street

215 Mare Street is a Home of Ideas, bringing the art of architecture to the High Street. A building, a workspace, a community space, a restaurant, a gallery, a vision that brings the art of architecture directly to the High Street. Following a year in occupation, 215 Mare Street opens its doors to Open House, with a collective 'circularity' programme.

The programme in collaboration with the 215 residents: EDIT, Beyond the Box, Mass Collective and Here We Are, will feature a 24/7 window installations and exhibitions, workshops, circular building tour + hyper seasonal nourishment from its resident restaurant, EDIT.

Beyond the Box – New Founders Programme

Beyond The Box's will be screening short films from their New Founders Programme, which provides bespoke start-up support for young entrepreneurs in the creative sector. Each organisation on the programme receives a £3,000 grant to produce their own creative programme in collaboration with Beyond The Box, whilst providing mentoring and business support. Beyond The Box collaborated with three organisations as part of the programme, BOLD, Our Space and 1:100 Podcast. The screenings will include the first public showing of the 'What's Your East London' film produced by 1 to 100, working with young Londoners to produce the film. We will also screen Episode 3 of Cooking with An Architect produced by BOLD and Founder Chun-Li Reid interviewing the founder of sustainable restaurant EDIT. Beyond The Box will also screen their People's Pavilion 2023 short film for the first time , East London's largest co-design project.

Beyond the Box: @beyondtheb_x
BOLD: @boldplatform_
Our Space: @ourspaceuk_org
1:100: @1to100podcast

Mass Collective – Hackney Urban Survey

The photographers collective, Mass Collective is exhibiting two different bodies of work in the ground floor space of 215 Mare Street: a flash exhibition of images produced at the 'Hackney Urban Survey' photography workshop. This activity will preceed the Open House weekend, aiming to visually explore the industrial past and present of the area starting from the building that hosts the co-working studio, a former warehouse converted into a workplace. Participation is open to amateur and professional photographers via the link below. Furthermore Mass presents a complementary exhibition of their latest project, "Chime Ding Cast Tin", documenting the bell-making process at the Loughborough Bellfoundry – the last of its kind in Britain.

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Mass Collective: @mass.collective

HereWeAre – the Wheel of Futures

New architecture practice-in-residence HereWeAre asks: How can we work together to imagine a Circular London? Revolutions! And lots of them… Spin the Wheel of Futures to have your say in how the capital should respond to the climate crisis. This interactive participation game offers a catalyst for discussion; encouraging an exchange of ideas on how we can reduce the environmental impact of our city.


Morris+Company – A Circular Journey

Architects Morris+Company take you on a three-dimensional, circular journey – from the outside in - exploring the retrofit of the former Victorian warehouse that is 215 Mare Street in Hackney, London

Constructed using Circular principles, 215’s mission is to place the creative ‘act’ of architecture directly onto the High Street – it is a building that encourages you to explore, engage, exchange, and immerse yourself fully in architectural practice, process, and people.

Meet 215’s collective community. Come uncover how its re-use, re-purpose and re-cycled space benefits both people and planet, you can even literally ‘taste the space’ with our resident hyper seasonal, low impact resident and neighbour.

Morris+Company: @moco_arch , @moco_voices

EDIT – A Food Revolution

Come for lunch and take a peek behind the scenes of our low impact, hyper seasonal restaurant. EDIT demonstrates an alternative approach to the destructive and wasteful traditions practiced in the global food industry. Our dishes respond to seasonal availability and showcase the finest local and sustainable produce, placing it centre-stage as the star of every plate. We source from small-scale farms, foragers and independent producers who use regenerative and minimal intervention methods, and we embrace creative ‘root-to-fruit’ preparations to ensure minimal waste.

The restaurant interiors reflect our mission and were designed by our founder, Elly Ward, a qualified architectural and interior designer, in collaboration with Joe Morris of Morris+Company. An exercise in adaptive re-use and minimal intervention, the restaurant showcases sustainable materials, slow and low waste methods of construction and concepts of circular design. From cleaning products to waste management, throughout all our business operations we strive for lower impacts, deeper knowledge and continuous creativity, and to share such techniques and insights with others.

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