Club London Bridge represents the third phase of development of Club Workspace, a London-wide network of coworking spaces for start ups and freelancers. Studio TILT led the architectural design and restoration that also features a number of TILT designed bespoke furniture and lighting.
The Leather Market’s 450m² space, within the historic Leather Exchange near London Bridge, is the new ‘King of Clubs’ for the growing Club Workspace portfolio. The starting point for the design was to capture the historical qualities of the buildings while ensuring clever re-use the existing club elements, to avoid unnecessary waste, highlighting design iteration.
Through researching the etchings and illustrations from the original 19th century Leather Exchange industry, all architectural elements are inspired by the machines and apparatus from this time to create a distinct contemporary working environment. Preserving many original features of the space was a key element in the overall design aesthetic. The floor featuring hieroglyphics and scarring from over 200 years of use was carefully restored with a clear matt varnish. The existing ceiling was sandblasted back to the original oak joist structure and bespoke wall lighting created in the form of copper tubing complements the age of the property. Joinery items come in the form of oiled softwood, cedar decking and a listed wall clad in cedar shingles. Old and new are juxtaposed through Troldekt board acting as an infill panel.
The agenda was to create a sense of place – a design that would accommodate 24hour usage, changing throughout the working day, characterised by a number of new design interventions that would expand coworking increasingly staid aesthetic.
Bricked up openings are removed to let natural light inside, restoring the light wells allowing new doors to open and air to flow through. This ensures that the space is naturally ventilated.
Internal brick walls were restored through removing the paint by sandblasting. A plywood ceiling was removed to reveal the original oak structure which is also sandblasted. The oak joists differ in tone and gradient as a consequence of a fire in the 19th Century. The floor also tells the story of the building through hieroglyphics and scarring from over 200 years of use. This is restored through the application of a clear matte varnish.
Studio TILT designed bespoke lighting and furniture tailored specifically for the space and its changing requirements. The Club also includes some of the Studio’s trademark designs such as the Fruit&Nut tables, the Call and the Suitcase Desk – all in new finishes.