Nestled between a masonry warehouse and a typical row of Victorian terrace houses, a complex assemblage of terracotta presents a familiar yet uncanny face to Buckingham Street. Challenging the perceived material limitations of terracotta tiles, the building refuses an immediate reading upon first sight, celebrating the layers of filigree and geometric complexity that can be found in the overlooked terracotta tile. Using recycled materials from the start rather than an afterthought, the design thinking centred on discovering a filigree that was more tactile and humanist utilising through the use of elemental materials.
Photograph: Prue Ruscoe, Raffaello Rosselli
Collaborator: Luigi Rosselli Architects
Facade Construction/Consultant: Callum Coombe
Builder: GroundUp Building