Sugarhouse Studios is a studio and events space on Stratford High Street, conceived and built by Assemble in collaboration with the London Legacy Development Corporation. The project seeks to find a way for private practice (space for research, design and construction) to be opened up to form the backdrop for a public building. The retro-fit of the building focuses on exploiting the assets of the existing light industrial shed, making light touch, inexpensive adjustments to the fabric of the building that maintains flexibility of interior spaces.
Since opening in Spring 2012 the building has hosted a wide variety of uses: a café and pizzeria that operated throughout the Summer of 2012, a season of arts cinema, construction workshops with local school children, exhibitions, and late night events. Sugarhouse Studios is the workshop and workspace of Assemble and many of their collaborators. Since opening it has been used for the development, construction and assembly of numerous projects for the local area and further afield. With the planned completion of additional studio space in Early 2014, it will develop a greater critical mass of activity – reinforcing its role as a project, events and workspace actively engaged in the ongoing development of the local area.