General Projects


Our approach at Technique is about uniting design and history through a transformational approach that balances old and new. We’ve worked hard to express the building’s past histories and create a space that is generous, light-filled and full of raw character.

Laser House, the existing building at 132 Goswell Road, was built in the 1960s to replace a gin distillery. Rather than demolishing the existing building, we wanted to celebrate its architecture by re-carving and extending the structure. We knew instinctively that there was potential for something special because of the building’s history, its great ‘bones’ and an expansive floorplate - but also how it speaks to you through its scars. We’ve kept these features so they can contribute to the building’s next chapter.

A new super structure of Glulam column-and-beam frame construction with solid CLT floor slabs is placed on top of the building. The use of Glulam and CLT enabled more floors to be added while significantly reducing the carbon footprint of the building. The timber was sourced from sustainably managed forests and its use reduced carbon emissions by 48% compared to a steel structure and by 40% versus a concrete structure.

Behind the retained façade, upward extensions to each of the existing blocks have created workspace for more than 850 people, including 5,000 square feet dedicated to small businesses. A new sunken courtyard brings natural light down to a flexible commercial unit of 6,350 square feet on the ground and lower-ground floors.

Designed in collaboration with Formafantasma, the tiles used in the building's main lobby were made from Italian volcanic remains, creating a striking entrance to the building.

"One of the most successful aspects of the project is the way in which the architects have given the whole site a strong urban presence that adds to - but does not overpower or fundamentally alter - the character of the neighbourhood."
Ben Flatman, writing in Building Design

Photography Jack Hobhouse

Dezeen Awards Longlisted, Architecture, 2023
RICS Awards
Shortlisted - Refurbishment/Revitalisation Project of the Year, 2022
RICS Awards Shortlisted - Commercial Development of the Year, 2022
Building Awards - Shortlisted - Refurbishment Project of the Year, 2022
NLA Awards Shortlisted, 2022
Surface Design Awards Shortlisted - Commercial Building Interior - 2022
NLA Awards Shortlisted, 2017