Our in-house architecture studio Common Ground Workshop, brings the common e2 to life with designs, sketches and a transparent working style. Designers and architects work in the cafe next to customers and local freelancers where they share ideas and invite viewers into their space to allow them to better understand the process of the architect.
The studio is headed by Mark Sciberras, who, with over 17 years of architecture experience has developed projects in London including masterplanning, commercial, retail and residential. We've included a number of the studio's projects below, for further details visit Common Ground Workshop.
Access Sport is a sports charity within an old early 1900’s Victorian mews workshop office in Bethnal Green. The project brief was to upgrade the insulation specification within the vaulted roof and refurbish the main workspace over two floors to create a brighter open plan work environment. The brief included designing one flexible meeting room with openable walls and to refurbish the staff kitchen and bathroom.
1A Rainbow Street is a new build house within a brown field site. The project brief was to demolish a rear garage ‘out building’ to allow for a new single bedroom house on a large site. The client split the site to allow for a new home to be built on a separate title. The project functions as a small 50m2 house with kitchen and dining on ground, living and bedroom on level 1 and 2 respectively. The house is steel and timber framed with brick cladding to the ground and first floors with the second floor built within the mansard roof form.
Our comfortable space at 53 Old Bethnal Green Road was designed and constructed under Common Ground Workshop. The idea from the genesis was to house an open door studio within the cafe. In 2015 we opened our doors to both the cafe and working studio. In an effort to encourage conversation the key fixture of the space includes one table that spans the length of the sitting area.