undercurrent architects: archway studios undercurrent architects: archway studios
sep 21, 2012

undercurrent architects: archway studios

‘archway studios’ by undercurrent architects, london, england image © candice lake all images courtesy of undercurrent architects

on a restrictive narrow site next to a rail line and viaduct from the 19th century, london-based practice undercurrent architects has built ‘archway studios’ as a live-workspace prototype that suggests a creative adaptation of the 10,000 arches spread across the city. responding to its industrial setting, the weathered outer corten steel shell gives a presence of solidity and strength, cut into strips and folded in to open slits in the facade that funnel daylight into the white interior. a large vaulted workshop under the tracks is connected to a tall atrium with residential niches in a bright open space, as all windows face south along its narrow axis to the existing foliage.

its particular site next to a working train track elicits special attention to soundproofing and vibration control. a rubber foundation allows the structure to act independently of the surrounding surfaces. the external wall is composed of a series of sheets that systematically reduce noise and structural resonance while providing internal comfort. the six-millimeter outermost layer is supported by a system of steel ribs, packed with fiber matting acoustic insulation and is structurally independent of the inner wall construction. the air gap between the inner and outer membranes contains the thermal insulation, freeing the inner skin to focus solely on additional acoustic reduction, with an adhered dampening film that combats structural resonance. the skylight, more directly connected to the sound of passing trains and vulnerable to acoustic bridging, is composed of two layers of thick glass with a 16 millimeter cavity in between.

folds in the exterior metal skin open slits for windows images © candice lake

full length skylight floods the space with light image © candice lake

ladder to loft space image © candice lake

work studio in the arched viaduct image © candice lake

spiral staircase image © candice lake

second floor image © candice lake

central atrium space lith the workshop under the arch image © candice lake

axonometric of levels

night render

  • well done – I’ve seen those archways and they are typically rotty old holes, so seeing something this open and light filled is astonishing

    dbkii says:
  • what a site, amazing concept, fluid and supertough at the same time. great pics of the industrial scale construction on their website. hope it\’s part of open house next year.

    nicey says:

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