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Egyptian Halls/ Ground floor floorplan

The project aims to turn back the Egyptian Halls into a place for people to work, learn and make by transforming the building into workspaces for makers engaged in redefining their creative practices from the perspective of sustainability. The active ground floor will house a ceramicist studio and shop, a cafe and a sustainable fabric shop. The workshops and open studios will be located on the upper floors of the building.

Material bank

The interiors of the building, which had had layers of alterations over time, were deconstructed in order to provide a material bank to inform and generate the new interiors. The positive deconstruction process redefines waste construction materials as valuable material resources. The drawing expresses the elements that were dismantled and reused within the new layout.


Ground floor: Ceramicist in residence workshop and studio/ Cafe/Sustainable fabric shop. 1st floor: Textile workshops. 2nd floor: Printmaking workshops. 3rd: Ceramics

Axonometric view of the ground floor

Axonometric view of the ground floor shops. From left to right: Ceramicist's shop and studio/ Cafe/ Sustainable fabric shop. All shops have access to the back lane to make it into an active lane and allow spaces for community workshops within the different shops.


Perspective view of the ground floor café.

Ceramicist in residence workshop

Perspective view of the ceramicist in residence workshop on the ground floor.

Sustainable fabric shop

Perspective view of the ground floor fabric shop.

Axonometric view of the textiles studios

Axonometric view of the textiles studios located on the 1st floor. There is a weaving studio, an embroidery room, fashion studios, print room with exposing and drying area, a sustainable material research room and a botanical dye lab. There is also a common open space for talks, open studios for community learning and a material library for research and study.

Detailed axonometric of the textile studios

The interior was designed to be flexible, adaptable to changes and potentially dismantable in the future so that it is truly sustainable. Partitions that were added are made of wood so that they are non-intrusive (highlighted in green). Some partitions were repurposed from the previous layout (highlighted in blue) to reduce waste materials. Finally the bridge partition acts as a bridge between studios, expression of the collaborative approach encouraged within the studios.