House of Annetta, Spitalfields: a space for change
5 August 2021, 12:30 - 14:00 (BST)
Free to SPAB members only
Numbers are limited - early booking is advised.
For over 40 years, 25 Princelet Street, Spitalfields was home to designer, campaigner, artist and cyberneticist Annetta Pedretti, who used the space to explore and create a range of theoretical, architectural and artistic projects. Annetta left no will when she died in 2018, so her family gave the house to the Edith Maryon Trust, a charity established in Switzerland in the 1990s to “seek to withdraw land from the flow of commodities and hereditary property and thus from speculation permanently, in order to promote social housing or workplaces”.
Now with the help of design collective Assemble and many community partners, 25 Princelet Street is being opened up as a new social centre and resource for groups working to address rights and inequalities in land use and housing. The goal is a space for gathering, research, events, work, learning and exchange, nurturing relationships and connecting communities across London and the UK.
Following initial work to make the building safe, Assemble will be in residency on site helping to develop the project, which grows from and conserves its unique character - the next step in its evolution as the House of Annetta.
Chaired by the SPAB’s Director, Matthew Slocombe, this round-table is a chance to explore conservation ideas with Fran Edgerley and Louis Schulz of Assemble in the formative stages of the project, helping to shape approaches to the repair and use of the building; to its character and historic fabric; and to its story within Spitalfields and as the House of Annetta.
The round-table is free to attend but places must be reserved here in advance. Numbers are limited so early booking is advised. The event will run as a Zoom meeting, so participants can use their camera and microphone to contribute directly to the discussion.
IT requirements: Please note that this is an online round-table and will be held via Zoom. You will be sent instructions on how to join the session the day before the lecture. To participate, all you need is an internet connection, and a laptop, computer or phone with the ability to play video and audio. Participants can use their camera and microphone to contribute directly to the discussion.
Accessibility: please contact the SPAB before booking to discuss any special access requirements.
Image credit: Assemble