A two-storey shed/warehouse designed by Turner Prize-winning collective Assemble is being offered for sale for £150,000. Assemble, you probably remember, became the first architecture practice to win contemporary art’s most talked-about prize in 2015.
Yardhouse was designed and built in 2014 as a temporary and relocatable workspace for Assemble in East London, but is currently in bits and in storage. When re-assembled, the “flexible and substantial structure” measures around 12 metres square, offering 250 square metres of interior space. It would, selling agents The Modern House says, “suit a wide variety of uses”.
It’s built like a (particularly stylish) barn, with a timber frame and an off-the-shelf Kingspan insulated cladding system. The front facade, however, looks a bit more special; pastel-coloured concrete tiles arranged like fish-scales give the building a thoroughly unique identity, leading to features in the likes of The New York Times and Domus.
Assemble set up the interior spaces in a three-aisle layout, where studios lined the edges and the centre became a double-height atrium – but it’s all pretty flexible and could be configured in a any number of different ways.
The Modern House is offering Yardhouse as a building-only sale, asking £150,000+VAT (including electrics etc; transportation and re-erection can be arranged, at additional cost). As you can imagine, there’s some pretty major interest in this, and it’s already gone under offer…