New installations are constantly popping up all over London, it’s sadly one of the last things that manage to find its way into a busy week sometimes.
I tend to scrape in a visit just before the exhibition closes. On this occasion I visited almost a year after the site was resurrected – better late than never hey.
Always desperate to find some inspiration I took the trek from West London to the depths of East London to visit Yardhouse at Sugarhouse Studios.
Yardhouse was built by Assemble, a design and architecture collective based in London. They designed Yardhouse as an affordable workspace for new creatives to work and ultimately be inspired. Situated in Sugarhouse Yard it is situated in Stratford close to the Olympic Park. I spotted the multicoloured magic months ago online and have been wanting to check it out ever since, something about those bold colours created quite the impression.
The structure was made using timber framing similar to a barn, accompanied with insulated panels.
The result is an incredible design, colour addicts will agree that there’s just something really uplifting about seeing a pastel palette shinning out against the contrasting grey industrial warehouses surrounding the space.
The front façade is made from concrete tiles that were handmade on site; the tiles create an active frontage facing onto the Sugarhouse Yard. I admired the scales, touching the textures – a creepy thing us designers have an urge to do.
Assemble cleverly used off the shelf materials to construct the structure, and were able to inject natural lighting, impressive ceiling heights and scale for a fraction of the cost of most studio spaces dotted around London. Yardhouse was an extremely popular space to let and was oversubscribed even before completion.
I left feeling energised by such a simplistic concept that injects such a creative burst into the Stratford area. Who says colour can’t buy you happiness.