40-48 Fashion Street Architectural Review

London, 06-10-2011

A former market hall in Fashion Street has been converted into university offices by London based architects Buckley Gray Yeoman. The Grade II listed Moorish building that was used by traders at the start of the Twentieth Century required extensive work as a major fire demolished the entire rear section of the building. Fortunately much of the original facade remained intact and was preserved. The architects placed the new structure independently from what remained of the original building in order to emphasize the individual structural identity of each.

A layer of Corten steel is wrapped around the concrete structure of the new building to add a layer of depth and in response to the rich urban industrial character of the area. The interior also has a strong industrial character: in-situ concrete is left exposed and complemented by timber panelling and glass balustrades. A large atrium allows natural light to filter down throughout the building. Images via Dezeen.