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​Tyers Street, Cabinet Gallery

by Trevor Horne Architects

Client CA Development Projects Ltd
Awards RIBA London Award 2017

© Tim Crocker

Located on the edge of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, this unique and exceptional, free-standing art gallery is designed in the tradition of a folly or pavilion. It works with the landscape; extensively redesigned and replanted by Todd Longstaffe-Gowan; to provide a focal point for the park and approaching streets.

Sunken into the landscape, the gallery sits on the double-height lower ground floor of the building, with offices on the first floor and flats on three floors above; including one for the owner, which also serves as a salon for events.

Early collaboration with the gallery’s artists resulted in original and innovative touches, including the window detailing and framing; the trompe l’oeil marble of the painted balconies and the positioning of a slot opening on the lower-ground floor. The overall plan of the galley: an isosceles trapezoid with folded sides and central stair core; is also distinctive and sculptural.

The interior palette of Brutalist materials, recalls the great museum building of the late 60s and 70s, but on the scale of a small commercial gallery.

The jury felt that the gallery was a really exceptional labour of love and a hugely innovative and experimental piece of art and architecture, stunning both inside and out.

Contractor Quinn London Limited
Structural Engineers Techniker
M&E Engineers Michael Popper Associates
Quantity Surveyor Andrew Turner Associates
Landscape Architects Todd Longstaff-Gowan Landscape Design
Planning Consultants Alistair Grills Associates
Internal Area 890 m²

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