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.