We were appointed by a design partnership to transform a small industrial property into a place where they could live and work. The building in its original form was a modest, two-storey workshop, located on a tight, back alley in Bethnal Green. We entirely removed this existing structure and replaced it with a larger, bespoke building which houses a design studio at ground floor level and living accommodation above. The house provides complete sanctuary from its gritty, immediate environment. The spaces are light and open, with clean lines and a simple aesthetic. The view of the alley itself is deliberately concealed from the workspace, while the high-level glazing allows daylight and a view of the sky.