Squire and Partners will host a talk and tour of The Department Store in Brixton, exploring ways in which the practice has preserved and expressed the shifting identities of the building throughout its history since 1906 – from grand retail destination and Brixton landmark to 1990’s squat – and discuss the careful architectural interventions and interior design approach which have secured its future.
When Squire and Partners embarked on reviving the dilapidated Edwardian department store as their new workspace, they committed to allowing the existing fabric and layers of history inform the new design. Once a prominent part of a thriving cultural neighbourhood, the building had fallen into disrepair and lost any relevance to the local community. Recognising the decayed grandeur of the raw space, which revealed an extraordinary commitment to craft by the original artisans of the day, the practice sought to highlight the building’s history in its found state, and introduce a layer of contemporary interventions by a new generation of artisans.
The revived building comprises event spaces alongside units for businesses including a vinyl shop, coffee roastery, delicatessen, bar/restaurant, a community Post Office and a unique workspace for the many facets of design work undertaken at Squire and Partners.
Presented by Director Tim Must alongside the practice’s Head of Interiors, Maria Cheung, the talk will be followed by a tour of the building, and finish with drinks at the practice’s Upstairs rooftop bar.
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