This was a small yet rich intervention within an industrial space in Bangsar. Art Printing Works, or APW as it is popularly known, is a family-run printing press that had occupied the premises since the 1950’s.
We loved the layers of history surrounding the family business, and had decided to retain the spirit of the 1950’s architecture of the original office block from the outset.
The brief called for the conversion of the ground floor space that used to house a printing facility, into a multi-purpose event space.
The front skin of the building was retained, but new perforated steel panellings were introduced to define the entrance and new event space further.
Two giant pivoting panels at the centre of the space allowed it to be divided into two smaller areas for separate events and also as a backdrop of exhibitions.
New steel doors on the right allowed natural light and visual permeability into the adjacent industral buildings within the premises.
This new glazed facade also created a more exciting external pathway leading to the new toilet facilities at the rear of the new event space.
The original windows on the front facade were defined further by framing them with steel ‘cills’.