Thursday, 26 November 2009
Yesterday we went on a studio visit to Quay 2c which is a multi disciplinary practice based in Peckham. The practice was set up by Ken Taylor and Julia Manheim. They live and work in Quay House which was the project they set the studio up around. It was once a milk depot and industrial site with a one storey traditional shed structure and milk yard, they got planning permission for a much larger dwelling which mirrors the proportions of the semi detached period properties on the rest of the road. They were inspired by the seaside and aimed to use as much of the existing structure as possible. Throughout the building you can see evidence of materials being recycled and original structure being retained. They lived in the building during all the work and budget was a key issue.