For my recent collaboration with Nonsuch Theatre, we were able to shoot at Cobden Chambers. What used to be a row of Victorian terraced houses in the heart of the city centre is being transformed into a creative space, which will soon become home to up to ten individual creatives and independent retailers. In the midst of its regeneration, all the main work had been done on the interior so it was safe to be inside. A base-coat had been applied all over, ready for the customisation of each individual space. The strange, white emptiness was beautifully surreal; the empty shell of a building, waiting quietly for creative minds to fill the gaps with ideas, energy, and artsy-crafty objects.
Whilst exploring the building, I kept finding myself returning to the main window which runs across the entire width of the top floor, allowing beams of the afternoon sunlight to stream in whilst simultaneously offering a rather alternative view of the Nottingham city skyline.
In contrast to the inside of the building, the exterior has already been beautifully finished and painted; lovely, complimentary pastel shades make the courtyard area unique and modern, different from anywhere else I’ve seen in the city centre. I would love to have a studio space here, or maybe even just live here, because let’s face it; who wouldn’t want a duck-egg pastel front door with pretty pastel neighbours?
Cobden Chambers is officially opening to the public in the next few weeks – I’m very excited to go back and see the transformation since the last time I was there! To be kept up-to-date with all the latest information, you can follow them on Twitter if you’d like to.
Love Marie x