What we did at Hackney House in 2012
Hackney House is a stunning and unusual 1,000 SqM urban pop-up space in Hackney's Shoreditch district. It was created to act as a hub for new investment to Hackney and East London to support local businesses with their plans for growth - a place to do business, nuture ideas, stimulate growth and to be entertained.
Hackney House is a unique partnership between the London Borough of Hackney and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and is generously supported by local businesses and investors into the area, private sponsorship and membership.
During the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
During the Games, Hackney House opened its doors to showcase to the world the story of Hackney, Tech City, the regeneration of East London and the area's business and cultural offering.
Hackney House was home to the world's top non-sports media who where reporting on the incredible socio and economic legacy of the 2012 Games.
By day Hackney House hosted a series of themed events including tech, creative, tourism, fashion, food, investment and development exhibition style events and conferences including Hackney Design Day curated by Dezeen, a Business Start-Up event by Digital Shoreditch and various Tech city businesses events.
Hackney House also welcomed the use of its spaces for meetings and as communcation environments to serve both visitors and local community.
At night Hackney House became ‘the place to be’ for hosting performances by some of the most current local artists including Paloma Faith, Labyrinth and Philip Glass and the region's top comedians and cabaret artists.
Hackney House design
Eillis-Miller Architects sought to create a simple, flexible and fun space that made use of as many low cost resuable materials as possible, including recycled floorboards for the meeting spaces, translucent welding curtains at the entrance garden and industrial cages for product showcases to display local creative including furniture, bicycles and hydroponic gardens.
The Lace Fence
The Hackney House frontage was designed by architects Harry Dobbs Design. Bringing together the intimate floral detail of antique hand crafted lace with the urban industrial language of chain link fence the screen was designed to bring a beautiful domestic sensibility to the Hackney House initiative and help signal Hackney's interest in design and innovation. The designs were developed within the overall site co-ordination by Ellis Miller Architects.