From markets to car parks
London is blessed with a range of architectural forms, giving architects, designers and brands an inspiring canvas for creating interesting and impactful spaces and places. Make’s in-house architectural photographer, Martina Ferrera, explores four such locations, each with a thriving retail offer and unique architectural story.
The Brunswick Centre was designed in the mid 1960s by Patrick Hodgkinson and was initially planned as a private development. In 2000 the brutalist development achieved Grade II-listed status, and between 2002 and 2006 a £22 million renovation project transformed the ground floor space of the centre into a retail and F&B offer with predominantly high-street brands.
Lamb’s Conduit Street
Lamb’s Conduit Street, located in Bloomsbury, dates back to the 17th century and was named after William Lambe in recognition of the £1,500 he gave for the rebuilding of the Holborn Conduit in 1564. The street is owned and run by Rugby School, and contains many independent retailers that combine to create a relaxed, village-like atmosphere.
Peckham Levels, delivered by Make Shift, was opened in 2017 to provide affordable and inspiring spaces for businesses and local entrepreneurs to work, grow, trade and learn. It has given new life to an underused space inside the town centre car park in Peckham.
Spitalfields Market, located in East London, is a lively market of independent stalls showcasing handcrafted and hard-to-find pieces. The history of the site as a market dates back to 1666, when traders began operating beyond the City gates and on the site where the market stands today.