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The 11 Spitalfields Gallery is located to the rear of an early Georgian terraced house on Princelet street in Spitalfields. This structure was originally built in 1840, and consisted of the king trusses, supporting piers and large lantern rooflight we see at ground floor level today. In 2014 permission granted for the excavation of the area below ground floor level to create an additional level to the rear garden structure.
In extending downwards below garden level, one of the main challenges was to provide sufficient light into the depths of the new basement to create a pleasant work environment that was bright and airy.
To achieve this, an open void was formed in the ground floor level directly below the roof lantern above, with a combination of mild steel and glass being used for the balustrade around this and the adjacent stair. Reclaimed Douglas Fir boards were used to achieve the dramatic board marked concrete ceiling at basement level, a homage to the old floor boards of the original building.
The space is highly adaptable and flexible, and to date has been used as an art gallery, event space, meditation space and is currently being used as office space for a software developer.
The special atmosphere created in the space through the use of light and material has resulted in a unique user experience, and successful multi disciplinary use.