Pirajean Lees in conjunction with CEO/Creative director Olly Bengough, have designed over 2,000sqm of interiors for The House of KOKO, a new members club, part of the redevelopment of London’s iconic KOKO. Built over four floors, Archer Humprhyes Architects blended together three historic buildings - the Grade II-listed theatre, an adjacent piano factory (1800) and the Hope & Anchor pub (1860) to create the new venue. Responding to Bengough’s brief to redefine live music and entertainment, the venue encompasses bespoke interior design, exceptional hospitality and the highest quality audio/sound across a new roof terrace, cocktail bars, penthouse and recording studio, piano room, hidden speakeasy, and secret vinyl rooms.
Anchored in the strong narrative of how the Victorian theatre would have lived and breathed, the design concept for The House of KOKO delved into the theatre’s history and the lifestyle of its past performers. Through bespoke design elements, each space has a distinct identity, whilst being carefully connected to provide guests with a constant sense of discovery during their immersive backstage journey at The House of KOKO. Throughout the interiors, Pirajean Lees introduced bespoke features and furniture that acknowledge the language of the music industry. Textures, patterns and colours reference musical instruments, vintage speakers and clothing of musical legends. These codes became the red thread within the project. With sustainability a key principle for Pirajean Lees and KOKO, it was essential that eco-friendly design elements were featured throughout. Where possible, fixtures and fittings were locally manufactured in the UK and Europe, and made from ethically sourced materials.