In 2015, we joined forces with Architecture 00. Together, we enjoy collaborating in a shared environment where strategic, urban and social designers, architects, programmers and economists practice design beyond its traditional borders. 00 work with individuals, governments, corporations and communities to solve problems and anticipate change, and to design successful platforms and places. As a studio it aims to reach beyond the design of objects themselves to the social, economic and environmental systems behind them.
In close collaboration with Architecture 00, Studio Weave have been invited by Create London to propose a scheme that provides flexible live-work accommodation for artists in Barking, East London.
In response to the brief we have tried to find a contemporary expression of former industrial spaces -with their robust nature and generosity of space. Not seeking to define how artists might want to live and work, but rather providing the invitation and means, to support both the individual artist and the wider community of artists in shaping and reshaping the place they want to live and work in.
We have developed an illustrative proposal that looks to maximise the opportunity of the site, allows a modular approach that could be replicated and combining an inherent flexibility that can accommodate diverse uses both in the short and long-term.
We propose Cross-laminated timber as the basic structure to the building, as it best fulfils the desire for a robust architecture that has the capacity to provide the generosity of space in both expanse (span) and height that we desire. The ability to expose this warm, solid timber construction within the finished building, also allows the building to express its utilitarian character and invite engagement; it can be easily painted, pinned to, hung off, it is robust enough to take blows, characterful enough to absorb layers of defacing.