Yonder: A centre for climbing, yoga, working and making

Location: Walthamstow  

Floor Area: 2,000m2 

Budget: £1m

Client: Yonder  

Ackroyd Lowrie have been working with Yonder to create a hub of both creativity and physical activity. The project is to fit out a double height metal clad industrial structure with a series of mezzanines to create a climbing centre, yoga studio, cafe, co-working space, and a maker's workshop. 

The creative space will offer small businesses and freelancers from a cross section of industries a buzzing space in which to work. We will have studio desk spaces upstairs and workshops downstairs for prototyping and R&D. We will create an exciting collaborative community in an environment where new businesses can thrive. Inspiring design standards will be applied throughout the building, achieving attractive high quality facilities throughout.

Ackroyd Lowrie were chosen as the architectural practice due to our shared philosophies regarding the creative industries. The founding ethos behind the Maker movement is that through modern technology, such as the automated component cutting method used to make PANYAN climbing surfaces, designers can take back the means of production.