Tea Building

London. 2004

  • Project Details
  • Completion: 2004
  • Cost: £10 Million
  • Clients: Derwent London plc

Encapsulating a new solution to the evolving demands of contemporary working life and avoiding an over-designed and sterile approach, Tea Building establishes a set of low-cost spaces that can be continuously reconfigured by tenants with the help of architect and landlord to form an intelligent and constantly evolving whole. The design strategy – robust and straight-forward – has focussed on the provision of inherently flexible unit sizes and configurations to attract a diverse mix of tenants. Common spaces are generous, hard-wearing and uncomplicated. ‘Green Tea’, the concluding phase, is the final piece of the jigsaw. This reinvention of Lipton’s former warehouses to new uses defines a light touch, low-carbon solution; a previously redundant building has been transformed into a dynamic ‘Ideas Factory’ of creative industries that never stands still.

Awards

AJ Retrofit Award 2012 RIBA London Region Award 2012 AIA Award for Interior Architecture 2006

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris have worked closely with their client Derwent London to rejuvenate existing warehouse buildings in a city block in Shoreditch into a constantly evolving ‘Ideas Factory’.


The expansive seven storey building provides five floors of responsive, reconfigurable and affordable studio office space for high profile tenants such as Mother Advertising Agency, Jason Bruges Studio Ltd, A Models Ltd, Tomato Films Ltd, National Film & Television School Ltd, Film London Ltd, Blackdog Publishing Ltd, The Prince’s Drawing School, Stephen Archer Architects LLP, Soho House Ltd, Hales Gallery Ltd and Andrew Mummery Gallery Ltd.


The 14,600m² Tea Building has undergone a robust re-invention by architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris to create a raw and inspirational environment for creatives working in this popular district. Flexible work space in the form of blank canvas studios has been fashioned from the shell of warehouse buildings originally occupied by tea merchants. Galleries and communal areas positioned amongst the offices in the building add another dimension of creativity and diversity.


The Tea Building encapsulates a new solution to the evolving demands of contemporary working life. Consciously avoiding the over-designed, unaffordable and sterile response of much of London’s emerging commercial property, the project establishes a set of low-cost, dynamic spaces that will be continuously reconfigured by tenants with the help of architect and landlord, to form an intelligent and constantly evolving whole.

 

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’ Tea Building is an inexpensive and innovative solution that challenges and pushes the boundaries of contemporary working.


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