London studio Theis and Khan Architects have completed their own home and studio in east London.
Called Batemans Row, the building houses the firm’s studio on the first floor, with a gallery and further offices in the ground floor and basement. The second, third and fourth floors contain four residential units. Interiors feature exposed concrete walls and columns, while the facade is clad in dark brickwork at at street level in contrast with a yellow-coloured Danish brick on the upper floors.
Client’s Brief – Patrick Theis and Soraya Khan are married and have an architectural practice Theis and Khan. In 2000 they bought a 200sqm two-storey industrial building in Shoreditch and initially the first floor was used for their practice offices. The redevelopment brief was to create a mixed-use building, half commercial and half residential, comprising three floors of commercial space, with four residential units.
The scheme is a highly contemporary, yet contextual building that maximises accommodation for both commercial and residential units at a tight site in a popular part of East London. It provides several lettable units – making the scheme viable from the start – and is an architects office and family home at its top complete with a green roof, providing stunning views of the city.
The scheme maximises space and light by climbing vertically in distinct phases over five floors, introducing wide expanses of flush-fixed glazing and a contemporary smooth finish that alternates with rough and robust edges at the ground that respond to its industrial origins and local setting. The internally exposed concrete structure acts as a thermal store, combined with a highly insulated envelope and natural ventilation. Solar panels supplement hot water provision.
The building has recently been awarded for the RIBA London Award 2010 and RIBA London Building of the Year Award 2010.