An Evening With...Connock & Lockie

This evening event explores Benedetti Architects' comprehensive refurbishment and reconfiguration of the bespoke tailor Connock & Lockie in a listed Bloomsbury building with Yusuke Nagashima, (Director, Connock & Lockie) Renato Benedetti (Director, Benedetti Architects) and Takuya Oura (Project Architect).

Located on Lamb’s Conduit Street, a pedestrianised Georgian street celebrated for its rich variety of specialist independent, owner-run shops. The project allows Connock & Lockie to fulfil its ambitions, under director Yusuke Nagashima, to make every part of their suits on site – from first measurement to final fit.

The architects’ approach to the project included the remodeling of the business premises over two floors of shop and three residential floors above. Both client and architect see this project as ‘another stage in the ongoing life’ of the building, which was originally built in 1765 as a three-bay wide, four-storey townhouse with basement, before being converted in the 1820s into a shop at ground floor level.

The project started with a forensic assessment of the existing fabric – much of it still original but in a poor state. What followed was a process of filtering the key Georgian, Victorian and 20th century elements: whether to keep, reinforce or replace while maintaining the essential quality of the often idiosyncratic spaces.

The design features more than 60 items of bespoke joinery. Other highlights include a grand, dark-stained oak stair leading down into the lower-level atelier including one which has been sunken to bring light into the basement, and is faced at the rear by a new two– storey oak-clad extension. Everywhere in the scheme, colour and texture have been used to reflect and articulate the hierarchy and use of each space, from the choice of species and treatment of timber, to that of paint and tiles and the use of lighting.

The design perfectly fits and accommodates the process and skill of making which underlines the ethos of the company – but also allows for its celebration and enjoyment by both staff and customer alike.

Renato Benedetti says: “Our approach was not dissimilar to re-tailoring a classic suit to fit the present owner. We were highly sensitive to the historic detail, carefully cutting/stitching the built fabric and adding the contemporary touches and refinement to make the whole composition entirely suited to Yusuke’s brief. The result is a completely new, functionally improved Connock & Lockie shop which retains the feeling and character of the original.” Find out more about Benedetti Architects

The project was a finalist in AJ Retrofit Awards and is currently shortlisted for AJ Architecture Awards, Camden Design Awards and FX International Interior Design Awards 2017.

Each tour duration 1 hour. Cost £29.50, with complimentary prosecco and nibbles

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Connock & Lockie
33 Lamb’s Conduit Street
London WC1N 3NG

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(image c.Ståle Eriksen)

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