the world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

i

All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.

i

Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Gallery
  4. United Kingdom
  5. 6a Architects
  6. 2010
  7. South London Gallery / 6a Architects

South London Gallery / 6a Architects

  • 00:00 - 24 June, 2010
South London Gallery / 6a Architects
South London Gallery / 6a Architects, © David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

© David Grandorge © David Grandorge © David Grandorge South London Gallery / 6a Architects + 43

  • Architects

  • Location

    65 Peckham Rd, Camberwell, Greater London SE5 8, UK
  • Architect

    6a Architects
  • Team

    Tom Emerson, Stephanie Macdonald, Takeshi Hayatsu, Max Beckenbauer, Alessandro Cairo, Sylvie Duvoisin, Trevor Brown, Lucia Frescaroli, Max Retegui, Mariana Simoes, Susanne Sauter, Eva-Maria Stadelmann, Katharina Schworer, Jonathan Wong
  • Structural Engineer

    Jane Wernick Associates
  • M&E Engineer

    Serge Lai Engineers Ltd.
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Stockdale
  • Client

    South London Gallery
  • Main Contractor

    John Perkins Projects
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Text description provided by the architects. Max Beckenbauer, Alessandro Cairo, Sylvie Duvoisin, Trevor Brown, Lucia

Frescaroli, Max Retegui, Mariana Simoes, Susanne Sauter, Eva-Maria Stadelmann, Katharina Schworer, Jonathan Wong

© David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

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.

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

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

© David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

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. 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.

© David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

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

View the complete gallery

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
About this office
6a Architects
Office
Cite: "South London Gallery / 6a Architects" 24 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/65672/south-london-gallery-6a-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments
Read comments
© David Grandorge

South London Gallery