Featherstone Building - EH Smith

Featherstone Building


Designed by Morris + Co, the Featherstone Building takes inspiration from the Victorian warehouses in the Old Street area of London where it is situated. In between Clerkenwell and Shoreditch, the two ‘creative districts’ of London, the Derwent London scheme now provides 123,000 sqft of office space and 2,400 sqft of retail space.

The precast brickwork by Skonto was dovetailed into traditional brickwork on the ground floor by Swift Brickwork. The contemporary tones of grey brickwork and rough precast lintels give a finely crafted look to the façade which was perfectly suited for the repetition required to make offsite construction an efficient choice.

The team took an iterative approach to model making, using different scales to discern the ultimate effect of the building. They studied the texture, materiality, and light, recording the shadows cast on each individual brick. This level of detail shows in the final product, a flexible and robust building with a craftsman’s finish.

Location: London

Architect: Morris + Co

Contractors: Skanska / Skonto / Swift Brickwork

Products used on this case study

Compass Student Accommodation

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