"London is full of hidden gems which are rapidly disappearing under the pressure of profit making large housing schemes in prime locations. This is one of those endangered spaces .
A former dairy deport, transformed by the vision of two private collectors, and the skill of their architect, into a temporary arts centre.
The project, set in a complex assemblage of existing spaces (buildings and yards), plays with its geography to configure a series of spaces which are cleverly connected to both its context and former existence.
Due to its ephemeral nature, budget priorities have shaped the design decisions. A very common occurrence in the industry , used as justification for less than perfect solutions, here generated a very different outcome thanks to the architect’s vision.
The result is a lesson on the intelligent application of the “less is more” philosophy that is well worth visiting.
You can find out more details on the project at my Mimoa profile (here) and on the Yoshitomo Nara’s exhibition at my personal blog (here)"