Camera Press, a photographic agency, needed a new headquarters building incorporating offices, a photography library and the associated Tom Blau gallery.
Panter Hudspith Architects carried out a feasibility study on an existing concrete frame warehouse building and were then retained by Camera Press when they bought the building in 1992.
In response to a very limited budget (£38/sqft) it was decided to concentrate on articulating the building’s inherent character.
The concrete frame was stripped back and cleaned. A system of untreated iroko panels was then prefabricated and inserted into the frame to complete the building enclosure. The building’s architectural quality arises from the straightforward expression of natural materials.
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