Following a fire in March 2010, the burnt out shell of the original building was all that stood on the site of Two Tabernacle Street. The building’s owner, Durley Investment Corporation, sought to redevelop the site into offices suited to Shoreditch’s media and technology sector. Piercy&Company’s response was to approach the challenging L-shaped site as two distinct elements: the re-instatement of the narrow Victorian façade to Tabernacle Street; and brass- clad office spaces in the centre of the site. Details of the surviving features of the Victorian façade to Tabernacle Street were carefully measured and catalogued. A refined interpretation of the original period elevation was then painstakingly constructed, to be in keeping with the surrounding Victorian warehouse character and that of the conservation area in which it sits and to align with the revised internal floor levels. Imperial brickwork with weathered pointing and stonework cills, cornices and column capitals bear on one another to create an authentic Victorian masonry frame. Openings are spanned with steel beams and infilled with traditionally detailed double glazed sash and casement windows. At street level a 3m x 4m frameless glazed picture window to the reception space provides a contemporary touch.
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