The new building for Metropolitan Works, London’s first creative industries centre, is set to open next February with an exhibition featuring artists including Antony Gormley, Tord Boontje and Timorous Beasties.
The £4.5m building on Commercial Road, E1, has been designed by Cartwright Pickard Architects and will feature fully equipped workshops, CAD desks and meeting rooms. It will house state-of-the-art digital design and production technology worth £2m, with water-jet cutting, a range of rapid-prototyping machines, 3D scanning and laser-cutting. Designers will be able to rent fixed-term workshops and studios in the building.
Matthew Lewis, manager of Metropolitan Works, says, ‘We have invested in the best industrial and leading-edge equipment, and are making it accessible to small businesses, creative practitioners and innovative thinkers.’
To mark the launch, Metropolitan Works will host the Digital Explorers: Discover show from 9 February 2009.