Photography Studio, archive spaces, viewing rooms and recording studio
An old industrial building with a private courtyard, set behind wooden gates, provided an ideal space for Sam Taylor Johnson to use as a photographic studio and office, as well as to store and show past artworks and films to clients and collaborators.
A new staircase was formed at the back of the property to allow the full width of the building to be used – this freed up the circulation routes and created space for a separate recording studio on the ground floor (subsequently used by the Pet Shop Boys).
The strong “warehouse” atmosphere of the open-plan top lost space was maintained by preserving the original materiality of the building; the pine floorboards cleaned and repaired, brickwork walls were similarly patched and restored, whilst the roof space was opened up to the joists and painted white to maximise the sense of light and air.
The space provided the perfect backdrop for a series of self-portraits in which the artist is pictured floating in the cool white textural space of her new studio.
Photography by Sam Taylor-Johnson.
the pine floorboards cleaned and repaired, brickwork walls were patched and restored, whilst the ceiling was opened up to the joists and painted white to maximise the sense of light and air