Caruso St John Architects

1994–1995
Location: London, UK
Project Status: Built

The Stratford Advice Arcade is a cooperative of publicly funded advice agencies gathered in a single building. Each agency has its own space in addition to sharing the facilities of a general reception and meeting rooms. The Advice Arcade is a public building supported by the London Borough of Newham and is located on the High Street in Stratford in one of London’s poorest boroughs.

The limited budget allowed for only the most basic division of the deep open-plan spaces of the existing building. The specific size requirements of the different agencies are carefully located within the plan on two floors so as to give an unusually generous and strangely shaped internal circulation space, which joins all the areas of the building. A purple duct overhead, containing the services distribution and lighting, follows the far-reaching extent of the public circulation route through the building. The offices each have an internal window to the circulation space, giving the visitor a glimpse of the open and social nature of the Arcade’s organisation.

The project was designed in collaboration with the architect Mark Brearley.