We were engaged to convert an inner city warehouse into a calm and healthy environment for client Therapia, a physiotherapy and pilates studio.
The warehouse was divided into two spaces: the lower area to accommodate the administration, pilates studio and consultation rooms for Therapia, and the upper area let as tenanted space with access to a common reception area facing North Street.
Lighting was a major issue for the design due to the nature of warehouse spaces. Double glazed skylights were fitted to allow natural light to flood into the structure, while minimising heat and with the upper studio space offset from the existing side brick walls, sunlight could penetrate deep into the building. Low energy lighting was fitted throughout and positioned where task lighting was required. Additional lighting was also achieved by replacing a roller door with glass facing out onto the street, which allowed us to retain the existing facade.
The original structure was left exposed, with insulation cleverly set between the large timber trusses to keep add texture and context to the new design also complemented by the existing rough brick walls. New internal walls were constructed using strawbale. As well as a calming, soft appearance the consultation rooms benefit from the acoustic dampening and thermal insulation properties the strawbale provides.
With a practical design incorporating sensible elements such as careful material selection and open light paths, the new home of Therapia offers a relaxing and enjoyable environment for clients and staff alike.