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  5. Inglis Badrashi Loddo
  6. 2017
  7. Cultural Centre for Czech and Slovak Immigrants / Inglis Badrashi Loddo

Cultural Centre for Czech and Slovak Immigrants / Inglis Badrashi Loddo

  • 02:00 - 10 October, 2017
Cultural Centre for Czech and Slovak Immigrants / Inglis Badrashi Loddo
Cultural Centre for Czech and Slovak Immigrants / Inglis Badrashi Loddo, © David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

© David Grandorge © David Grandorge © David Grandorge © David Grandorge + 28

  • Structural Engineer

    Price and Myers

  • M&E Consultant

    Will Potter Partnership

  • Landscape Designer

    Bestique
  • CDM Coordinator

    Goddard Consulting

  • Planning Consultant

    MZA
  • Building Control

    Quadrant Approved Inspectors
  • Main Contractor

    Credibuild
  • Client

    Velehrad London
  • More Specs Less Specs
© David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

Text description provided by the architects. Founded by the Czech refugee Father Jan Lang in 1964 from a house in Notting Hill, Velehrad London is a charitable organisation whose mission is to provide religious, cultural and social support and counselling to emigrees from the former Czechoslovakia.

© David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

As a gathering place for Czechs and Slovaks living in and visiting London, Velehrad is designed to host a variety of events, accommodate the practical needs of the organisation and reflect its history and culture.

© David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

The resultant work by IBLA creates a welcoming and adaptable cultural centre for Velehrad London that combines modern features and designs with historic renovations and extensions, bringing a Victorian property into the 21st Century.

Sections
Sections

Previously occupying a residential building in Notting Hill, the organisation bought Woolborough House – formerly the home of Russian ‘Maitre de Ballet’ Edouard Espinosa then headquarters of the British Ballet Organisation - and commissioned IBLA to refurbish and reconfigure the premises. The brief asked for spaces including a concert/function hall and performance space, classrooms, accommodation for visiting priests, prayer rooms and spaces for meetings and community events.

© David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

The coach house’s original facade was restored after demolishing a series of poor quality single-storey extensions from the 1930s. Plaster finishes were stripped away and the spaces reconfigured to allow the existing openings (lined in new grey-painted timber) to lead through into new cloakrooms, a kitchen and an apartment for visiting priests above.

© David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

The front facade and metal roof trusses of the studio were retained and incorporated into a new function hall for concerts, lectures, cinema screenings and events. An innovative retractable screen wall was installed in the hall to separate sections of the centre for events. Further space to serve community events was added in front of the coach house and green rooms and ancillary spaces for performances tucked into the basement of the main house.

© David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

Woolborough House itself was
fully refurbished and upgraded to
accommodate classrooms,
reading rooms and a space for
Catholic masses. A new lift to allow disabled access, new stairs, handrails, painted panelling and a rear balcony were also incorporated into the extensive refurbishment by IBLA.

© David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

Where the original fabric was found to be in good condition, this was carefully repaired and restored; where it was in poor condition, it has been improved with new construction.

© David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

Newly built elements are understood as a continuation of the history of the building; a seamless synthesis of old and new, which respects, preserves and re-frames the existing context in a new light. Viewed from the garden at the back, or from the front of the site, this can be read in the varied tonal range of the brickwork across the facade.

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Cultural Centre for Czech and Slovak Immigrants / Inglis Badrashi Loddo" 10 Oct 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/880406/cultural-centre-for-czech-and-slovak-immigrants-inglis-badrashi-loddo/> ISSN 0719-8884