Breaking Ground On Holloway Lightbox


After the successful closure of Bark Live Build project Warren Lodge, Studio Bark is moving on to its next live build project, Holloway Lightbox. It’s a sunny Friday in September and the Studio Bark team are now on site breaking ground.

The brief this time involves a garden studio for a screenwriter and photographer couple in Leyton, London. The completed project will provide them with a dedicated space to think and create, sitting as a carefully sculpted addition to their back garden.

The design  features an asymmetrical pitched roof, with a fixed rooflight to allow for a high level of sunlight penetration during the day, and providing a glowing presence at night.  One of the most challenging aspects of the build is its abutment to three boundary walls, meaning that the structure will have to be built in reverse order; starting with the external rainscreen and working inward to the room finishes.



Key tasks for the team today will include soil excavation, laying of a hardcore base and sand blinding layer, as well as creating the insulated formwork for the slab. This doubles as the exposed internal finish for the lightbox. Lining up each service run to meet its internal counterpart and leveling up the ground perfectly is critical; there’s no internal lining to take out imperfections!

Back at our studio in Hackney Wick, the finishing touches are being made to the test panel of our hand cast eco-concrete tiles. The pixelated effect produced by the overlapping tiles is intended as an abstraction of the photocapture activity occurring within the space.


In just under a month, we will be running a casting workshop to complete the tiles with architecture students at the University of East London, as part of its much heralded annual ‘UEL Construction Week’. The chosen 4th years will be able to experience hand casting, timber construction and technical detailing – skills which they will be able to use to inform their own designs later in the year.

There will be further updates on Twitter and the Build Blog here as the project gets underway.

More from us soon…

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