Some #architects work like this – but by no means all. How does your materials selection work? via @Arch_Today
For the past 13 years Henley Halebrown has occupied the second floor of a nineteenth- century former industrial building, one of a cluster gathered around a secluded courtyard in Shoreditch, east London, that make up Perseverance Works. There’s a leather workshop beneath and a joinery across the courtyard – remnants of the light industry that would once have occupied the buildings now occupied by post-production media companies. A skip arrives in the courtyard on the last Friday of every month” Associate director Noel Cash would argue that the buildings, which are well-made and enduring, are the sustainable things, rather than their use, and this seems to be a philosophy that is prevalent in the practice’s own buildings.
The office is reached via either an external steel fire escape staircase – or a lift at the rear of the building. The practice size, while occasionally fluctuating with the workload, is consistently around 20 people. Where is your materials library?
Historically we seemed to have all the materials that ever were, categorised by NBS specification numbers on a wall of shelves and in plastic boxes and drawers. But it became clumsy and difficult to access stuff, it needed constant updating, and became less fluid than we wanted. So over the last couple of years we’ve refined that down. We’ve gone from having a big library of materials that we constantly add to, to being ruthless in editing. A skip arrives in the courtyard on the last Friday of every month, and trains […]