Silver Building is an imposing concrete structure between the Royal Docks and
Silvertown that we helped transform into London’s latest meanwhile space for
creative enterprises, start-ups and local businesses.
Originally built in 1965 for British Oil and Cake Mills, the site was left
derelict for over 20 years and has now become a dramatic, short-term workspace
for everyone from set and fashion designers to music producers. Our
interventions include the creation of a new entrance with void to the reception
and bar, a variety of studios suitable for one to 20 people and a large picture
frame window inserted at mezzanine level with views into the maker-space below
for the Silver building echoes the exterior fascia, using the unique building
line as an identifier. The block nature of the icon is balanced by a pure, sans-serif typeface,
this also reinforces the buildings functional and utilitarian history. A
rich Bauhaus colour palette was selected to compliment the mass of concrete and
exposed building fabric. Additionally, a family of blockwork patterns were
created, inspired by the original 1960’s architectural cross-section.
Photography by Lewis Khan