Built in and around a 19th century rail viaduct in Southwark, the southern center of London, Archway Studios is a live/work space that subverts its site’s tight conditions. The pocket site is a narrow plot that has little access to light or views, and an overabundance of noise. Designed by Undercurrent Architects, Archway Studios is part new structure / part inhabited infrastructure that squeezed every inch of available space into use. Additionally, an acoustic shell was built to reduce the surrounding noise and vibrations, and light was welcomed in through windows and color palette. The result is a studio that interacts with its industrial environment, yet inside feels light, spacious, quiet, and inviting.