Rather than repair or restore old buildings, architect Jonathan Tuckey breathes new life into them. He designed two dramatic - and completely individual - spaces for MALIN+GOETZ’s first ever London stores (on Upper Street in Islington and Monmouth Street in Covent Garden). We spoke to Tuckey about the challenges involved in working on two different projects, his organic design process and, most importantly, the beautiful ambiguity of blending old and new.
Your practice specialises in the adaptive reuse old buildings, often in radical and unexpected
“Green Acres is the place to be.
Farm livin' is the life for me.
Land spreadin' out so far and wide
Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside.
New York is where I'd rather stay.
I get allergic smelling hay.
I just adore a penthouse view.
Dah-ling I love you but give me Park Avenue.”
Anyone who’s seen the bygone television series Green Acres, about an oddly-matched married couple who swapped Manhattan for a rustic farm in the countryside, will remember how Lisa Douglas and her husband Oliver
The Upper East Side has evolved quite a lot since Andrew and Matthew first started their careers in Manhattan back in the late Eighties, but its majestic Park and Fifth Avenues remain iconic and you can’t beat Madison Avenue for its luxury boutiques. That said, with Central Park on one side and the East River on the other, this neighborhood is great for exploring by foot. During that walk, dip inside some of these favorite spots of ours.
August 791 Lexington Avenue
The beloved Bleecker Street spot has moved on up to its new home on 61st and Lexington Avenue. Not exactly
“Yonder is the ‘Devil’s Mile,’ which extends from here [the Angel] to the ‘Cock’ at Highbury, and along which we will steadily make our way. This is not my title; North Londoners themselves have designated it as such. It is an appropriate name, however, for the devil’s imps seem to perambulate through it, both day and night. It’s past midnight, and look at these young girls with their besotted countenances.”
- Henry Vigar-Harris, London at Midnight (1885)
Upper Street, the stretch that connects Highbury & Islington to Angel is a prime example of London’s gentrification. The Devil’s Mile, as it was once called,