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IF_DO - Granby Space


The temporary refurbishment and improvement of a single-storey prefabricated building on Lower Marsh, London, to create a new mixed-use creative enterprise hub for Meanwhile Space CIC. The project includes a co-working space, an office for The Job Shop, and a retail unit.

Photographs by

Mariell Lind Hansen






The design features two distinct elements: the interior of the co-working space, and the improvements to the street façade of the building. A curved motif features throughout, drawing from the visibility of the London Eye, which can be seen from Lower Marsh in the void between the site’s adjacent buildings. The addition of a curved 3.2-metre-tall slatted timber screen on the front elevation, echoed in the painting of the building below, creates a giant red smile to Lower Marsh. The curves follow through to the interior, with a series of super-graphic green arcs painted across the OSB partitions and furniture of the co-working space.

Word from the client

"IF_DO has delivered a fit-for-purpose design which turns an incongruous Portakabin into an ambitious piece of architecture which incubates a mixture of local creative and digital entrepreneurs. Good design helps us to achieve maximum benefit during the Meanwhile use period, and the success of IF_DO's intervention gave us a quick transition from emptiness to a space full of activity. The space is enjoyed by both tenants and passers-by on the street, who are often spotted photographing the building." Eddie Bridgeman, Director, Meanwhile Space CIC