Scroll for Process

Second Home Clerkenwell Green

vPPR acted as Executive Architects for Second Home and Cano Lasso Architects to gain successful planning permission for their office space in Clerkenwell Green.

London, 2017

Process

1. Create new street level openings to activate Clerkenwell Green frontage and provide a new level access into the building.

2. Replace and upgrade existing windows to better reflect the historic fenestration. Install new openings in keeping with the proportions and design of the historic ones to maximise light inside. Install new ventilation grills in the facade to service the plant in the basement, positioned in discrete locations.

3. Reconfigure interior levels to maximise creative workspace

4. Clerkenwell House as existing

Acting as executive architects, vPPR prepared the planning drawings, diagrams, images and design and access statement, and carried out full design coordination for planning purposes. Planning was granted on first submission.

The design seeks to celebrate the history of the building through upgrading the historic facade, improving the connection with Clerkenwell Green and renovating the interior for a creative workspace.

The existing brick building, characterised by its mass, rectilinear form, heaviness and texture, is complemented and contrasted with the upgraded interior spaces flooded with light and transparent partitions.

Clerkenwell House is an Edwardian building constructed in 1904-6, designed by F. Boreham & Sons as a warehouse, and sits within the Clerkenwell Green Conservation Area. Clerkenwell House forms part of the setting of a number of listed buildings around Clerkenwell Green and Clerkenwell Close, including the Grade II* Listed Church of St James. The site is located within the Scheduled Monument zone of the Nunnery of Mary de Fonte.