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London-based practice Undercurrent Architects has designed the Archway Studios. It is a live-workspace built around a 19th century rail viaduct. Following is a description from the architects, “The project works with the constraints of an inner-city, industrial site next to a train line, and the challenges of a fortified design that engages its surroundings.
The building subverts tight site conditions, transforming a narrow plot with limited access to light, aspect and views, into an uplifting space that offers release in spite extreme constraints.
The building’s unique design and appearance helps it to stand out even when dwarfed by inner-city neighbours. As one of 10,000 arches that dissect neighbourhoods across London, it is a model that can be adapted for broad community benefit and regeneration.”
Photography: Candice Lake, Courtesy: Undercurrent Architects