Piercy & Company are more than architects.
The company is a collective that includes architects, furniture designers, interior designers and researchers all based in their London studio. Stuart Piercy, who heads up the company, is passionate about their way of working.
“We take on all kinds of projects, from pieces of furniture to urban masterplans but we are always very interested in the actual physical act of construction, architecture and craft, building or testing a lot of our own materials in our workshop.”
“For The Bindery we were inspired by the local history of ‘making’. Originally on this site, there was a bookbinder, a jewelry maker, a clockmaker and a metal workshop.
“We like to uncover and celebrate what a building already possesses and not simply knock down and replace. We discovered so much as we stripped out the Bindery, such as the fantastic columns, brickwork and original terrazzo hidden by layers of plaster. There were lots of ‘wow’ moments of discovery as we progressed.”
“The office has changed. People want to be free to move around and not be desk-bound. In The Bindery, we wanted to give people more than just an office by creating a variety of different spaces beyond the office floors such as beautiful garden terraces designed by Andy Sturgeon, unexpected glasshouse meeting rooms and a gallery space.”
“Even the ground floor is special, a town square where the office meets the community, a welcoming space and not a fortress against the outside world.”
“The big question even before the pandemic was why would anyone leave their home and go to work? With The Bindery we have answered that.”