Edison House by Adjaye Associates

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The Edison by Adjaye Associates

Architect David Adjaye has completed the renovation of this Art Deco building in London, providing six storeys of office accommodation.

The Edison by Adjaye Associates

The original brick and render facade of Edison House has been retained, as have the exposed concrete floors, columns and ceilings.

The Edison by Adjaye Associates

The refurbishment includes a new reception area that contains built-in red leather seating and a reception desk made from stacked planes of marble.

The Edison by Adjaye Associates

The developers, Manhattan Loft Corporation, now use part of the building as their headquarters.

The Edison by Adjaye Associates

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The Edison by Adjaye Associates

Here are some further details from Manhattan Loft Corporation and Adjaye Associates:


The Edison is a recently completed 6 storey office development on Old Marylebone Road, by Manhattan Loft Corporation and architect Adjaye Associates.

The Edison by Adjaye Associates

Both the external and internal structuring represents such a strong, constructive Art Deco style that this has been maintained throughout. The existing concrete floors, columns and ceilings have been retained, as has the original brick and render frontage.

The Edison by Adjaye Associates

The constructive design of the reception area is a reminder of the buildings industrial past. The stark combination of concrete flooring with fibre cement ceiling and walls heighten this essence, but the red marble desktop, red leather banquette and sunken mirrors give a modern, even feminine touch.

The Edison by Adjaye Associates

These sharp juxtapositions between original and modern, industrial and comforting, are found throughout the building and indeed in the contrast of the surrounding architecture.

The Edison by Adjaye Associates

“On first seeing the site, it was immediately obvious that this seemingly ordinary building could be converted in to something more modern and exciting: a stylish, contemporary loft development. I wanted to create an alternative in what has become a very fashionable area: something grittier, more urban” – Harry Handelsman, CEO, Manhattan Loft Corporation

The Edison by Adjaye Associates

“I have taken the theme of concrete and asked questions about how it is expressed now in its new hybrid forms. This is the playful design palette for the reception and core space” – David Adjaye – Adjaye Associates

The Edison by Adjaye Associates

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  • Alex

    Ha! I did that panels on walls

  • dude

    absolutely horrific wall-cladding!

  • yuc

    This building is not exciting at all as it is claimed in the text above, and it is undeniably too cold. Exposed concrete is bearable as long as there is a sunny sky casting deep shadows over the free-standing platonic objects or mystical interiors. This is not the case here.

  • Nino

    I don't think the exposed concrete is the problem, as it is the main source of character/warmth.

  • Davide

    one of the worst office-environments-to-be I saw in years of profession

  • howardchung

    The original idea to have the interior cladding all black at the reception area seems to be a cooler one… at least that expresses the black-red stylish juxtaposition better. Grey somehow kills the atmosphere.