Camden Workshop, a housing/architectural studio designed by Henning Stummel Architects. This London housing that combines the housing space with the work space was awarded in 2014 with the RIBA London Housing Award.
Located in a Victorian urban block in Camden, London. Camden Workshop, has a direct access to an internal parking space, located in the original building. This study/housing is divided between the existing previous building and the new addition. With an industrial language, windows, glazed doors and skylights are opened in a new space funded at garden level.
Retaining the original industrial language, the architect takes advantage of the existing structure, which, although still in a state of neglect, was able to incorporate light and delicacy into a deteriorated space.
The building had a sloping roof and a steel frame. The industrial qualities of the previous building were recovered creating a project that starts from the reflection and the respect towards the elements found in Camden Workshop.
Camden Workshop, a contemporary reconstruction
Camden Workshop reconstruction starts from the knowledge of the structure found and the exaltation of it. Thus, it was considered that the domestic units should be separated in some way from the main living space. An “industrial” main space in which bedrooms and bathrooms are converted into wooden boxes. A kind of “sculpture” attached to the existing building.
This housing/study divides its space between the common and private areas creating independent modules. Wood and concrete as unitary elements that happen throughout the whole house. Light as the basis of a project that takes advantage of all the common spaces to open to the outside.
Old and modern, two concepts that come together to form a dwelling that is in turn space of work. Camden Workshop works as a multipurpose space, where light and recovery of the main “industrial” space have set the guidelines to follow in its reconstruction. Materials that are juxtaposed in the space, allowing that the essence of the building itself is maintained and at the same time the current additions are extolled.