biophilia and immersive artifice to visualise a new type of environment
Studio Jenny Jones | Jens Hommert | Gary Tarn
Renovation of disused light industrial space in residential neighbourhood
Client | Gary Tarn
Program | 300 m2 Refurbishment
Location | London West
The external walls of the former warehouse were also the back garden walls of the Victorian terraces, on three sides; landlocked and overlooked. Lightwells and courtyards studies looked at how to bring light and fresh air and private sky view into the site whilst retaining the industrial scale and quality of the existing architecture. We undertook several studies of re-programming, sightlines and material studies of these interventions working almost exclusively with models and collage.
We worked closely with Gary Tarn who, as a film maker and composer, had worked in a similar collaborative way with John Pawson on his previous Mews home off Portobello Road. Tarn's sensibility and ambition allowed him to believe in testing out what could be possible with this site and what materials would be appropriate for the context. He went on to finish this project, developing a language of materials, relative proportionality of excavated volumes to existing ones, and creating a home that balances the scale and openness of the industrial with domestic and introspective private spaces.