Void sliced through historic building for sculptural stair


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Princelet Street - staircase

Piercy & Company has completed the conversion of a Victorian warehouse in Spitalfields into office space.

The building on Princelet Street provides 23,000sq ft of flexible and coworking space across five floors.


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Princelet Street - entrance

It was commissioned by workspace provider Fora which already has a number of locations in east London including nearby Folgate Street and Clerkenwell.

Fora, which was co-founded by Big Chill festival co-founder Katrina Larkin, has three further projects due to open in the coming months: Shoreditch High Street designed by AHMM; Great Eastern Street by Hassell and Tetris; and Southwark Bridge Road in Bankside, designed by Orms.

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Princelet Street - office levels

Piercy & Company’s scheme involved the comprehensive refurbishment of a mid-1800s factory in the Fournier Street Conservation Area.

The practice added a two-storey roof extension and terraces where tenants can socialise, recalling the weaving lofts once common in the area.

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Princelet Street - seating and stair

It also cut a void through the building and inserted an oxide red suspended staircase constructed in a folded origami-like structure to maximise natural light and connectivity between floors.

In the ground-floor lobby it created a stepped terrazzo-lined event space.

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Princelet Street - Breakout Space

The practice worked with British makers including Realm Joinery and Darwen Terracotta to create tactile, handcrafted interiors throughout.

Piercy & Company director Pete Jennings said the aim had been to preserve the heritage of the building while creating a “bold look to the future”.


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Princelet Street - reception

He added: “As a practice, craft is at our heart. In a crowded market, it’s the attention to detail and quality that will stand the test of time and create co-working spaces where people want to linger, to share ideas, and flourish.”

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Princelet Street - Private Call Booth