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SelgasCano’s shared working space in former Richard Rogers studio opens

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SelgasCano’s latest co-working office for Second Home has opened on the site of a former Richard Rogers studio in Holland Park, west London

The Spanish practice’s 1,100m2 Holland Park scheme will provide workspace for 250, along with four private meeting rooms, a photographic studio, a café and a cultural venue.

It is the fifth scheme SelgasCano has carried out for Second Home, and protected elements of artistic and architectural history.

Richard Rogers had his first studio in the building, and a vine he planted has been kept by the latest designs.

British fashion photographer John Cowan had a studio there in the 1960s, and it was also used as a location for Italian film director Michelangelo Antonioni’s cult classic Blow Up in 1966.

SelgasCano co-founder José Selgas said: ‘Everything is this building is about scale. It is small but with a strong personality, like in a circus; every act is as important as the other – no hierarchies, and only working all together do they create something unique.’

He added: ‘We needed to expand the existing mezzanine and we opened some more skylights to give more natural light to the people and to the 35 trees that are now adding more natural history to the place. We also needed to find a way to cover a large part of the courtyard, while keeping the vine alive.

Environmental engineer Adam Ritchie worked with the practice to design a clear double-layer roof, filling the gap between the layers with soap bubbles. ’It takes 20 minutes to fill and the effect can last a whole day,’ said Selgas.

Second Home co-founder Sam Aldenton said: ’When it comes to design, we’ll never do the same thing twice - that’s just boring. I love the way SelgasCano responded to the rich cultural heritage of the building, and created something totally unique - and yet recognisably Second Home.’

Project data

Start on site April 2017
Completion November 2017
Gross internal floor area 1,100m2
Form of contract JCT with client procurement of FF&E
Architect SelgasCano
Client Second Home
Structural engineer Structure Workshop
M&E consultant Ritchie + Daffin
Acoustic consultant Sandy Brown
Project manager Sofia Talliadoros
Approved building inspector BCRS
Main contractor Heydon & Carr
CAD software used AutoCAD

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