The ‘Life in the Arthaus’ project was exhibited at the Arthaus building in June 2016 as part of the 2016 London Festival of Architecture.
Full project details below:
Life in the Arthaus London Festival of Architecture. 1st to 30th June 2016.
During the 1990s the number of UK residents working from home doubled, and now over 40% of all UK businesses are run from home. Challenging the traditional distinction between work and home, this major lifestyle shift, together with a growing desire for more sustainable living solutions has created the demand for developments in which residents can live, work, dine out, socialise and exercise – all under one roof.These mixed-use communities are becoming increasingly popular, both reflecting, and offering solutions to, contemporary issues.
James A. Hudson’s latest documentary work focuses on the Arthaus building in East London, transformed five years ago by architecture firm Lynas Smith into a mixed-use development. Originally a 1930s theatre house, dance hall, artists’ studio and gallery, the Arthaus has a rich heritage as a space filled with people and their creations. Now home to restaurants, a yoga studio and commercial office space, as well as private apartments and gardens, the building is once again a hub for creativity and enterprise at the heart of the Hackney community. Here, home and work are housed side-by-side – the perfect example of the way in which this shift in lifestyle is being reflected in contemporary architecture and urban (re)development. The Life in the Arthaus project involves documenting the day to day lives of some of the residents and businesses which form part of the Arthaus community.
The exhibition will showcase the project for the first time as a printed body of work to a public audience. Highlighting the increased crossover between life and work, the domestic and the creative, Life in the Arthaus visually captures one such community,
offering viewers a unique behind the scenes glimpse into this relatively new way of living.
Formerly home to Emeli Sandé, the Arthaus building’s musical heritage lives on through boutique training facility Garnish Music Production.
Courses cover a range of skills, from songwriting and mixing to electronic music production and sound design – all taught by a team of experienced instructors from their office and studio space on the second floor.
From its office on the first floor of the Arthaus building, advertising technology company Silence Media creates and delivers leading advertising campaigns and technological solutions for some of the world’s major brands.
Team members Ollie Henderson, Warrick Brown and Anna Vigorito challenge each other to a game of darts during the wind-down to Christmas. Warwick won.
Occupying a studio on the first floor of the Arthaus Building, Rachel Chudley and her team design unique interiors for creative people – with a little help from pug Deedee. Drawing inspiration from pop-art, modernist design and the Abstract Expressionists, and driven by the positive effects of art on our quality of life, Rachel’s work mirrors the passions, quirks and humour of her clients.
Yoga devotee Elizabeth moved her London Fields Yoga Studio into the ground floor of the Arthaus building four years ago to bring yoga to the neighbourhood. The beautiful light-filled space creates a lovely environment in which to practise.
The headstand, or sirsasana, seen practised at the studio, is often called The King of Asanas due to its numerous benefits.
The ground floor of the Arthaus building is home to pizzeria and charcuterie bar, LARDO. With a focus on locally sourced and simply prepared food, LARDO is a true neighbourhood restaurant, serving Arthaus residents and businesses, and the wider, ever-evolving Hackney community.
Pizza is prepared to order in the restaurant’s mirror-covered, wood-fired oven.
My latest documentary work is a project with the architecture company Lynas Smith to document life in one of the East London buildings they have redeveloped.
A 1930s theatre house, a dance hall, an artists’ studio and a gallery – the Arthaus building has a rich heritage as a space filled with people and their creations. Five years ago, the building was transformed into a purpose-built mixed-use development, and is now home to a café, a restaurant, a yoga studio, commercial office space, private apartments and gardens. Yet mixed-use developments such as this are a new phenomenon to emerge from the 21st century. Here, home and work are housed side by side – nestled under the same roof in a way that is unique to the relatively recent history of how we live.
The project started as Lynas Smith moved out of one of the office spaces to a larger office nearby.