Framing the past for the future.


When you come upon The Loom it’s impossible not to notice the elegant woven metal gates and screens that frame the entrances to the building. So much so that they’ve become a talking point for visitors and passers-by.

Designed by the architect who worked on the building’s refurbishment, the gates are made from a raw metal that not only acknowledges The Loom’s rich textile and manufacturing history but also looks to the future as the metal will patina and become more beautiful with time.

The designer, Duggan Morris Architects, took inspiration from a loom itself and the woven metal echoes the dents of a loom through which wool is pulled to make something completely new. Just as the metal of the gates and screens interlaces so too do the people inside The Loom, making a community that has come together to create a new kind of place.