Last week we welcomed BC Architects and Studies to Building on the Built; with a beautifully atmospheric presentation within St Matthew’s Church, in west London.

Wes Degreef, co-founder of BC, discussed the significance of collaboration and how best to maximise the potential and reinterpretation of existing materials. Examples included LOT 8; the transformation of a 19th century train depot into a design and research laboratory for Atelier Luma in Arles, France. This gargantuan project has become a compelling advocate for bioregional design, exuding innovation with a varied reclaimed material palette. A terrazzo floor composed from old roof tiles, rice straw bale insulation and rammed earth internal walls inhabit the space, providing tactility and offsetting the original geometric steel structure.

We are currently collaborating with BC on the adaptive reuse of a monolithic former tannery in the Belgian countryside into an eco-retreat. The aligned ethos of teamwork and sensitivity for local craft has blossomed a strong partnership between the two studios.

Thank you to Wes, the BC team, St Matthew’s Church and everyone who attended for contributing to such a unique evening. Keep up to date on our social channels for news on our next event!