The brief from these East End trailblazers was to replace their existing two storey converted warehouse with a larger cultural venue to include a theatre, bar, restaurant spaces and external terraces. This is a project that is very close to our hearts, having spent many a memorable night in the building – we believe that these special places are what make a good and joyful city.
The existing ex-factory building is located in an area of rapid change, and our proposal will more than double the floor area. Bistrotheque first opened with a small cabaret room – since absorbed into a dining space – and hosted alternative cabaret nights and the infamous Drag Balls. These events are part of Bistrotheque’s DNA and our project will reintroduce this important function to the site.
We began with a research stage where we studied dozens of venues around London and have designed the building to be surprising and spatially complex – back-of-house is front of house. This design reflects Bistrotheque’s ethos and retains some of the unique character of the existing building. The bold facade deliberately sets itself apart from the myriad of new residential blocks around it and creates intimate outdoor spaces.
Bistrotheque co-founder Pablo Flack said: “The thoughtfulness of Studioshaw is top-notch and they combine that with making the process fun. They really are one to watch”.