Shoreditch, London

42-46 Princelet Street

Material used

Material type Terrazzo cement, Bespoke terrazzo
Areas used Lobby floors, wall claddings, stairs, custom seats in the foyer, lower ground floor floors, wall cladding, bar top, etc.
Project completion year 2018
Client Fora
Architect Piercy & Co
Awards RIBA London Awards – Winner



Architectural studio Piercy & Co substantially refurbishes and extends 42-46 Princelet Street building at Brick Lane in Shoreditch. InOpera Group worked closely with the studio to create bespoke terrazzo furniture cladding, flooring and pre-cast terrazzo staircases for the reception area, bringing timeless Italian quality into contemporary British architecture.

Originally two separate buildings, 42-46 Princelet Street is merged into one spacious and light-filled coworking space.

The sense of connection and collaboration is incorporated into every detail of the building. Its industrial statement made by cast-iron columns and brick walls is now combined with warm tones of fabric upholstery and timber for furniture and floors. A new winding stair within the atrium provides a dynamic central space, enhancing natural light, and creating connections and interactivity between floors.

The entrance is remodelled internally to carve out a double-height reception space. Terrazzo is chosen for its durability and style.  The seats with clean curved lines and table tops are made with hand-made terrazzo featuring large marble chippings. The same pattern continues into the adjacent walls and stairs, unifying and visually expanding the area. A playful combination of dark and light shades and blocked shapes for the floor and stair steps were achieved by tiles of various sizes, tailored to the design.

Photo by ©Jack Hobhouse