Joining forces with our past studio colleagues Unagru we set out to form a small cooperative to buy a studio space creating a new home for ourselves and a place to nurture collaboration alongside other built environment professionals. Purchasing a 100sq.m ground floor, street-facing space in Hackney Downs, East London we sought to fit-out the space as economically and sustainably as possible. Limiting the materials palette to only a few key finishes we have upcycled former joinery and birch ply panelling, installed a intricate floor made of larch end-grain offcuts, In an effort to keep to budget we left the structural steel rib-deck, service ducts and aluminium studwork exposed but created a perimeter datum where materials change vertically drawing ones eye to the more aesthetic elements that populate the studio.


A central, double-sided storage unit runs like a central spine enabling storage to be accessed both from the studio and meeting room respectively, freeing up the majority  of space for large collaborative desks that facilitate design team communication, keeping clutter to a minimum. This central storage spine houses a vast book and materials sample collection which changes daily, both animating the space and adding rich, warm colours and tactility. A dedicated, yet flexible meeting room can be entirely separated off with glazed sliding doors, a small upcycled kitchen encourages team interaction and enables us to host CPDs, parties as we push to foster the spirit of collaboration. Plans are also afoot to open up and provide access to what will become a heavily planted, rear courtyard / lightwell.


Keeping energy use to a minimum we have installed an MVHR system keeping the space fresh and serving the twin bathrooms, mounted infrared heating panels from the ceiling and installing suspended low-efficiency desk lighting to the key workspaces. Elsewhere the space features several furniture design classics to add further character and lessen the feel of a typical office space. Over time these pieces will fluctuate allowing the aesthetic to change and develop.


Wishing to diversify and grow our portfolio the studio is our expression of how work spaces can offer a regenerative and cost-effective approach to transform mixed-use development.  Despite the fit-out being pared back to the bare bones and leaving otherwise unsightly and rudimentary services and structural elements exposed the space feels welcoming and is a pleasure to work in and is an embodiment of our ethos to not over-think design and promoting simple, considered design.


We are now keen for other built professionals to come and join us to take both our studios to the next level, collaborating with developers or initiating more complex and larger-scale projects.


Studio Space to Rent


We currently have three spare desks to rent, which includes all bills, cleaning and printing with cycle parking to a small rear courtyard. At the moment we are all architects and a planning consultant but are keen to hear from technicians, structural engineers, party wall surveyors, environmental consultants, M+E consultants, quantity surveyors and any others with a keen interest in the wider profession.


We are metres from Hackney Downs station, have a large library of architecture books, a meeting room, kitchen, a standing desk at the window and a round table for informal meetings, large street facing windows. MVHR, infrared heating (no gas of course. Please get in touch if you might be interested, and please spread the word!


In interested do please get in touch –


Project services provided –


Concept Design

Detail Design

Construction Drawings

Site Attendance during Fit-Out


Design Team.

Unagru / DEDRAFT – Architectural

London Building Control – Approved Inspector






February 2024



Tim Crocker