Square Root

Making a shop in a tiny space in a Protected Structure included careful conservation and repair of remnants of existing fabric. A frame and fascia of pitted sandstone and early concrete which was washed down and repaired - not cleaned-up‚ but left as a fragment of urban archaeology. A new shopfront is made in its shadow - an insert of machined metal and glass in geometric golden section proportions. An internal mechanism of shutters fold and part to close off a display or reveal an interior world - a palimpsest of worn and painted timber panelling, coved plaster and painted brick. The external mechanism opens a canvas awning to shade the footpath.