Tradition and History Meet Contemporary Detailing at a Huguenot Townhouse in Spitalfields
The Weavers House by Chan and Ears, sits in the historic heart of Spitalfields, east London.
Our approach was to reinterpret its Huguenot heritage with a sensitive, contemporary vocabulary. Peeling back the layers of time to celebrate the building’s existing charm, we combined traditional materials, techniques and colour with open spaces, clean lines and considered details.
Team: Zoe Chan Eayrs / Merlin Eayrs
Photos by Michael Sinclair
What was the story behind the house you lived in?
Our house was on a corner plot and it used to be a pub called the Three Tun Tavern. Then, because there was a fruit and wool market nearby, it had been used as a kind of warehouse and forklifts were driven in and out of the ground floor.
The late grotto maker Diana Reynolds then owned it, and she ripped everything out and completely renovated it in the 1990s. We were attracted to the fact that the house had no original features because it allowed us to reimagine the interiors, while also responding to the historic shell of the building.