This former belt fectory houses several media and digital companies in open plan layout. Through the insertion of a single architectural element, strong visual and spatial definition to the client’s territory is defined. The plan of the meeting room has a similarity to that of the iconic Leeds Corn Exchange, all be it at a vastly different scale.
Constructed from softwood, OSB and polycarbonate, a thick coat of whitish paint serves to monumentalise the form, The deep walls give a strong sense of solidity and enclosure. A series of windows can be opened on to the informal work spaces that are held between the curved form of the meeting room and the brick walls of the factory. These spaces have something of an urban character, like small market squares clustered around civic or religious buildings.