The Tea Factory was converted into offices and homes by Urban Splash in the 1990s. Since then, the nature of office work has changed and workers are no longer bound to their desks.
shedkm were asked to create a space within the existing building where these workers could enjoy their new found freedom, together with residents and the public. Good food and drink were essential ingredients.
shedkm started by forming a large opening, connecting a neighbouring space with the impressive, but often empty entrance of the Tea Factory. Galvanised steel grating was used to create a secure but permeable boundary between the spaces, allowing the good smells, sounds and energy of the cafe to permeate the building. In return, the Tea Factory puts on a show, with an eclectic cast of office workers, residents and visitors coming and going throughout the day.