Upon closer inspection invitingly contemporary.
At its core, 8 Bleeding Heart Yard is an exercise in perception. How do we understand conservation? Amin Taha, the architect behind our renovation, eschews conventional approaches of preservation as part of his design practice. Instead of recreating things exactly asthey were and as untouched as possible, he views his work as an ongoing, evolving conversation with the past.
From a distance, the building appears 19th century thanks to a permeable brass veil suspended around the main structure.You can almost hear the hawkers shouting. But as you get closer that dissolves and the present welcomes you with artistry, cutting-edge technology and environmentally conscious design. Whether emerging start-up or big league player, we invite a diverse clientele to make themselves at home here. To settle into our airy office spaces, enjoy a bite to eat at the restaurants and cafes in the neighbourhood, browse the nearby jewellery displays or make use of our premium amenities.
We’re where it all comes together. Life and work. Past, present and future. We’re not just at the centre of things. We’re the heart of them.
Our ancestors weren’t afraid to raze to the ground and rebuild. We’re of a slightly different tack. We intend to redesign with the next generation in mind while keeping the past in our sightline.
Through his acclaimed design practice Groupwork, Amin Taha achieved this by overlaying the current facade with a perforated brass veil shaped to look like eight 18th- and 19th-century buildings.This second skin acts almost as a mirage, wavering in the light – there but not.
An imperfect memory, the mesh overlay suspended around the core structure isn’t entirely faithful to the Victorian/Edwardian designs by Spencer W. Grant. But then, that was never the intention. Instead, this edited version seeks to narrate an ideal out of what was. We have more sustainable materials from which to create, more advanced technology with which to build – making it exactly the same as it was, would be missing the point of today.