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RIBA London Great British Buildings Tour: Battersea Arts Centre

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Battersea Arts Centre

Lavender Hill

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SW11 5TN

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Join us for an exclusive opportunity to hear more about this RIBA Award winning building from the architects who designed it.

As part of this series of events showcasing 2019's Award winners, Haworth Tompkins are giving a tour of Battersea Arts Centre.

This is the culmination of a 12 year restoration project of the Grade II* Listed building which was extended when a devastating fire destroyed its Grand Hall.

Envisioned as an improvisatory collaboration with artists, theatre producers and locals, the client brief for Battersea Arts Centre was for creative and community activity; in response to this HT have increased the number of performance spaces from 4 to 35, incorporated artists’ bedrooms, a new rooftop office and staff garden, a creative business hub, a community garden and a courtyard theatre. Architect and client worked as equal partners throughout the process, sharing design authorship and inviting creative collaborations; since 2006, a series of experimental phased projects have transformed the building into an adaptive performance environment and community centre. Building works progressed incrementally, beginning with alterations to the café and foyer. In the context of this incremental, narrative approach, the rebuilding of the Grand Hall after the 2015 fire that partially destroyed it was assimilated as another, albeit highly significant, project. The surviving structural brick shell has been stabilised and repaired to support reconstructed roofs, while the pattern of the original decorative fibrous plaster barrel vaulted ceiling, lost in the fire, has inspired a new plywood lattice ceiling which springs from the flanking walls and follows the same curvature as the original. New technical infrastructure concealed in the roofspace above the lattice ceiling allows natural ventilation, greater theatrical possibility and a variable acoustic to suit a range of events. The surfaces of the walls of the hall and its surrounding corridors have been conserved ‘as-found’ in their extraordinary, almost Pompeiian post-fire richness and complexity, illuminated by pendant lamps designed by Haworth Tompkins and product designer Rob McIntyre. Throughout, the materials palette is largely in response to the former town hall’s rich history; a new bar installation by artist Jake Tilson records the evidence of the 2015 Grand Hall fire, as do the scarred, unrestored walls of the hall itself.


This scheme has won RIBA London Award 2019 and RIBA London Client of the Year Award 2019 and RIBA National Award 2019



image ©Fred Howarth

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Battersea Arts Centre

Lavender Hill

London

SW11 5TN

United Kingdom

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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