We are a collaborative studio located inside a housing estate in Somers Town.

The space

Tucked behind Euston Station and the British Library, we are a collaboration between The Point People and Snook, working inside a community hall on projects that design tomorrow.

 

The opportunity has been brought together by Origin Housing Association to bring life back into the space and facilitate emergent opportunities in the local community.

All organisations have an active interest in equality and social justice, and we bring approaches that are rooted in design, problem-solving, participation and reflexive practice.

 

Over the next twelve months we will be working from The Interchange space, a community hall we have brought back to life to see what opportunities arise from our presence in the community.

News

The Interchange: London says hello

The Interchange: London opened its doors to visitors this week with the industry launch in conjunction with London Design Festival (LDF) and more specifically, the newly emerging service design arm of LDF. We kept the evening......

Community BBQ

Last night, The Interchange: London hosted its first community event as the clouds parted to give way to a lovely evening of BBQ based fun. Over the past week, we posted ‘hello notes’ through our......

An evening with aspiring designers

Last night Emma from Snook spent an evening with a lovely bunch of aspiring service designers from Central St Martins summer short course. STBY kindly hosted an informal chat where we were able to talk......

The Interchange: London Events

We are excited to let everyone know about the first two events to be held at The Interchange. On 17th September from 6pm we will be hosting a community BBQ for the residents of our housing......

Codesigning Care

Snook is currently working from The Interchange on an innovation project project exploring how digital technology can help support young people in care. The Codesigning Care project, funded by the DfE is the first of......

Introducing Emma

The interchange would like to introduce Emma. Emma is a service designer working with Snook. Snook’s London office is based out of The Interchange and Emma has been manning the ship since we were painting......

A little history

Improvement of the housing conditions, amongst the worst in the capital, was first undertaken by St Pancras Council in 1906 at Goldington Buildings, at the junction of Pancras Road and Royal College Street, and continued on a larger scale by the St Pancras House Improvement Society (subsequently the St Pancras & Humanist Housing Association, the present owner of Goldington Buildings) which was established in 1924.

 

Its founders were Church of England priest Father Basil Jellicoe and Irene Barclay, the first woman in Britain to qualify as a chartered surveyor. The Society’s Sidney Street and Drummond Street estates incorporated sculpture panels of Doultonware designed by Gilbert Bayes and ornamental finials for the washing line posts designed by the same artist: these are now mostly destroyed or replaced with replicas. Further social housing was built by the London County Council, which began construction of the Ossulston Estate in 1927. There remains a small number of older Grade 2 listed properties, mostly Georgian terraced houses.

The Father Thomas Room was first opened in 1954 through funding from Father Thomas, the Principle of Fishponds Training College in Bristol.

 

It was initially a reading and rest room for local people and a memorial to Father Thomas himself. In 1996, after years of low levels of use, The Father Thomas Room was reopened as a homework club for local school children. It used to open Monday and Wednesday evenings after school and Saturday mornings and was staffed by qualified teachers and catered to a full range of academic subjects.

 

Now it is home in 2015 to this collection of designers and Systems Thinkers working on a variety of projects in the UK.

Where to find us

Father Thomas Room
St Mary’s Flats, Doric Way
London
NW1 1LB

 

+44 (0) 20 7387 3073
hello@theinterchangestudio.com

 

We are located in a social housing estate inside the Father Thomas Room. When you come out of Euston turn left, and take a left onto Eversholt street, then take the second right onto Drummond Crescent.

 

Half way along the street you will find St Mary’s Flats, we are located through this black gate and to your left.

The Interchange – London