Tileyard Office Building

Re-use and extension of a former cattle lair to provide an innovative, creative workspace

Useful Studio are leading the design and delivery of 22-23 Tileyard, a former cattle lair in Kings Cross.

Respecting the existing building’s heritage, the architectural approach maintains the unique character of the cattle lair while creating a purposeful distinction between old and new. The existing two-storey brick building is retained and extended, forming a brick plinth, punctuated by a grid of paired narrow windows.  Above this hovers a two-storey weathered steel extension that aligns with and continues the rhythm established in the brick base, with the window pairs joined to form larger punched  openings.  A lightweight loft-storey tops the compositions, which is set back from the main façade to ensure this is a recessive element.  A unique meeting space on this level opens up to a roof garden in the south-west corner, enjoying views across the city.

The development of a single central core layout, combined with an optimised lightweight structure, achieves efficient floor plates and maximises workspace over the 5-storey building.

We are aiming for BREEAM Excellent and an exemplary scheme in regards to sustainable strategies for energy, waste, water, health, well-being and bio-diversity.

The branding and communication design for the building is being developed in collaboration with our sister company Thomas.Matthews, including the bespoke signage to the building’s façade that will establish a gateway to the wider Tileyard community.

Planning permission was granted in November 2015.

Client: 

City & Provincial Properties PLC

Status: 

In progress

Image Credits: Useful Studio