South London Gallery extension by 6A Architects

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South London Gallery by 6A

UK architects 6A have completed the expansion of the South London Gallery, renovating a derelict house and exposing original structural features.

South London Gallery by 6A

The neighbouring residence has been refurbished to house a cafe, accommodation and a gallery space due to open this week.

South London Gallery by 6A

To the rear of the house a new three storey extension has been built with a double height space on the first floor, initially left blank for artists to contribute to.

South London Gallery by 6A

At the back of the garden a new studio sits on the footprint of a lecture theatre destroyed in World War II.

South London Gallery by 6A

The Clore Education Studio features a large roof light and a series of pivoting doors.

South London Gallery by 6A

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The expansion of the South London Gallery designed by 6a Architects has just been completed to provide new gallery spaces, a café, a flat for an artist in residence and a new education building.

South London Gallery by 6A

The original top lit gallery is one of the finest art spaces in London.

South London Gallery by 6A

The special character of the building has long inspired artists and has played a vital role in forming the SLG’s international reputation for shows by contemporary British artists such as Ryan Gander, Steve McQueen, Eva Rothschild and, most recently, Michael Landy, alongside those by internationally established figures such as Chris Burden and Alfredo Jaar.

South London Gallery by 6A

The extension to the gallery is made of three interventions dispersed around an expanded site.

South London Gallery by 6A

Firstly, the neighbouring derelict house at no 67 has been refurbished to create a café on the ground floor, exhibition spaces on the first floor and a flat for an artist-in-residence on the second.

South London Gallery by 6A

The new spaces follow the arrangement of the original front and back rooms but the architectural language is abstracted and reduced like a image faded through time.

South London Gallery

Behind the house a three-storey extension has been built to create a double height room leading to a link back to the gallery and, through the new Fox Garden to the Clore Education Studio.

South London Gallery by 6A

Clore Education Studio

At the rear of the site, 6a has designed a new education building on the footprint of the original lecture theatre which was destroyed after World War II.

South London Gallery by 6A

Two surviving brick walls provided the natural start for the building which links the Fox Garden on one side and the gallery’s garden on the other.

South London Gallery by 6A

Continuing the architectural tradition established by the original buildings, the Clore Studio is a generous single volume topped by a central lantern and also develops themes from the house with exposed roof structure to create calmness and warmth.

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Like so much at the South London Gallery, the overall simplicity of the space hides some surprise; the west wall pivots to open a continuous field between the back garden and the interior.

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At night the walls and shutters close the whole building down into an abstract dark box.

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Client: South London Gallery
www.southlondongallery.org

South London Gallery by 6A

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Consultants
Structural engineer: Jane Wernick Associates M&E engineer: Serge Lai Engineers Ltd Quantity surveyor: Stockdale
Main contractor
John Perkins Projects

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Posted on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 at 12:20 am by Joe Mills. See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • tanya telford – T

    definitely looks like this is prone to nurturing creativity, really like the old and new working together, seems they have created some lovely spaces.

  • zafar

    i like the opening walls! cool i would copy this idea for future works ! thanks !!!

  • Felix

    This is really nice. I love the wobbly handrail to the stairs and that they’ve kept the existing bricks around that basin.

    Pity there’s that gap next to the stairs, and I think the gold mural is too dated already for a contempory art gallery. Something subtler would have been better, but small criticsims.

  • edward

    Really needs to be experienced to be appreciated I think, but looks to be a most interesting reuse of abandoned property. Love the casual atmosphere.

  • murdoch

    Congratulations 6a for once again demonstrating such wit and sensibility in what appears to be a very well build space.

  • nico

    “derelict” – so hot right now

  • http://www.fgoesarte.blogspot.com FELIPE GOES

    NICE PLACE FOR AN EXHIBITION !

  • critique

    gorgeous, simply gorgeous. bravo.

  • http://www.thisistomorrow.info james

    Wonderful! Can’t wait to see it in person!

  • Barry Willson

    Thanks for your amazing designs and house extension work. I am very inspired by your design.