Client: Canal Engineering Ltd
Status: Completed July 2014
Showroom and training space in Clerkenwell.
This first showroom for Canal Architectural provides a showcase for their services and skill in precision metalwork. The flexible space is intended as a tool for the company to position itself within the design community and to foster skills and knowledge as part of the CEATA Training Academy.
The design of the space reflects the dramatic process of production we found in the company’s Nottingham factory. Raw steel linings are inserted into the white box shell, from which cantilevered staircases represent stages of bespoke manufacture. Laser-cut openings in sheet steel glow and flicker, recalling sparks of the welding process, and high quality secondary elements are crafted in brass, timber and frameless glass.
The transformed space reflects the craftsmanship and expertise at the heart of the Canal business and offers the company a base in London from which to communicate these qualities and train a new generation of metalworkers.