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Spanish star SelgasCano unwraps first UK project

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Madrid-based SelgasCano, the practice selected to design the 2015 Serpentine Gallery’s summer pavilion, has completed its first UK job – the fit out of a creative workspace in Shoreditch, London

The practice, founded by José Selgas and Lucía Cano in 2008, was announced last week as the first Spanish firm in charge of designing the temporary structure outside the gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens.

And it has now announced the launch of Second Home, which has seen more than 1,000 plants and trees planted in and around a former carpet factory which has been turned into creative business space.

A statement from the company said the project ‘provides private sound-proofed studios set within a building designed as a collaborative and social environment encourage serendipitous collisions and new connections’.

According to the practice, Second Home is a ‘radical reimagination’ of the working environment for start-up and expanding creative companies.

It will also host live music, lectures and film screenings. In addition, a restaurant run by Ottolenghi’s former head chef Louis Solley is housed in a ‘greenhouse’ attached to the front of the building.

Second Home is the brainchild of Rohan Silva, former senior policy advisor to prime minister David Cameron and architect of the Government’s Tech City strategy, in conjunction with Sam Aldenton, who was behind initiatives including Dalston Roof Park, night time food market Long Table and co-creator of food festival Feast.

Second Home, Shoreditch by SelgasCano

Second Home, Shoreditch by SelgasCano

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