Bootstrap Buildings, Dalston
Printhouse and Colourworks are two locally listed buildings near Dalston Junction, Hackney. The client’s objective was to refurbish the groundfloor of the existing buildings to increase accessibility, create a welcoming frontage and reception and stronger links between the different buildings.
The Bootstrap Company owns and manages the buildings providing affordable office and retail space to start-up, community run and other local small enterprises.
Whilst preserving and highlighting the industrial character of the buildings we added a series of interventions, which draw their inspiration from former uses and existing details. In places the building was stripped back to expose original features. Apart from general reconfiguration and refurbishment, measures included a continuous purpose-made lighting installation, which ties together several levels and spaces; a new reception, with an undulating rough timber counter became waiting area as centre piece; a new office fit-out – furniture made from shuttering plywood - for a
travel agent.
By creating a new street presence together with local activity the project regenerated Ashwin Street, which has now become a buzzing hub of streetlife.

Location: Hackney, London
Client: Bootstrap Company
Cost: £180,000
Status: Completed 2009
Structural engineer: Techniker
Joinery: Alistair Hadley