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Takero Shimazaki turns former warehouse into printmakers

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London-based Takero Shimazaki Architects has completed this printmaking studios and workshop in Leicester

The £420,000 project has transformed a 1970s former glass warehouse into a fine art printmaking studios.

The 790m2 scheme also includes education spaces, a gallery, library, and artist studios.

On the ground floor the printmaking workshop will provide a frontage onto the street activating a previously neglected part of the city and the gateway onto the new cultural quarter.

This workshop space features a series of spaces for etching, lithography, silk screening alongside a large double height gallery.

The ground floor space is connected to the studios above by a void in the centre of the scheme.

The old warehouse was completely gutted and new windows, a new roof, and a new floor added, while existing historical elements including steel beams, cranes and brick piers were retained.

The ‘new’ inserted or layered elements have been constructed in a white colour to highlight the new interventions.


Project data

Location Leicester
Type of project printmaking studios
Client Leicester Print Workshop
Architect Takero Shimazaki Architects
Structural engineer Diamond Wood and Shaw/ Mike Pszenyczniak
M&E consultant EDP Engineers
Quantity surveyor MDA Consulting
CDM coordinator David Neill
Main contractor Brown and Shaw
Funding Arts Council England, Leicester City Council and funder from grant making trusts to the local community
Tender date January 2015
Start on site date March 2015
Completion date November 2015
Contract duration 7 months
Gross internal floor area 790m2
Form of contract and/or procurement JCT Intermediate Building Contract
Total cost £420,000
Photography Anton Gorlenko

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