Savile Row Building: Truth to Material

14.03.2020 Interview

The 24th building on Savile Row is a tribute to tailoring heritage of Mayfair’s neighborhood, home to the city’s most exclusive suit makers. The EPR Architects project unites art and architecture to create a brand new landmark building that is cladding in 10,000 ceramic tiles.

Art is integrated into the fabric of the building using a hand glazed ceramic tile, a collaboration with renowned artist Kate Malone and her studio team in Islington. Ceramist spent a year responding to the needs of the architect to define the glazes and unique recipes for the facade’s tiles.

The manufacturing process involved taking a strong, well-proven 30cm by 30cm extruded tile design from Europe and then applying the glazes. Then, the tiles were fired at Froyles, a specialist artisan pottery. Contrasts of colour, texture and pattern create a striking presence thanks to the three-dimensional crystallines that reflect and refract daylight, changing the appearance and tone of the building, depending on the weather and time of day.

In this film architect Stephen Pey and Kate, talk about their roles in the design and the nature of collaboration  for Savile Row Building.