Hackney, United Kingdom

Hackney Town Hall

Homage to the Building’s Original Art Deco Aesthetic

Dating back to 1937, the Grade II listed* Hackney Town Hall was overdue for refurbishment. As part of an extensive 12-year, 12,500m² restoration, there was an opportunity to transform its dated, underused interior courtyards into multi-functional atria that pay homage to the building’s original Art Deco aesthetic while creating a striking new look.

The team achieved this by painstakingly creating full height, bronzed aluminium wall panels using a METAL W-H 1000 wall system with custom laser perforations. These perforations, designed to individual, photographic patterns, echoed the original brickwork while arrestingly incorporating a butterfly effect to diffuse light into the space. With the creation of this feature – not to mention the increased energy efficiency of the building and the diversion of 97% of waste from landfill – the regeneration of Hackney Town Hall received a RIBA Award in 2018.

*A protected historic building

Project Facts

  • Architect: Hawkins\Brown Architects
  • Contractor: Osborne
  • Client: Hackney Council
  • Photography Copyright: © Grant Smith © Francesco Montaguti – Hawkins\Brown © Siobhan Doran

Project Information

  • Sector: Leisure & Hospitality
  • Room Type: Town Hall
  • Materials: Metal
Custom METAL W-H 1000, custom perforation

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