The project is composed of a new-build pavilion and a refurbished industrial space. The interior provides large open spaces for the display of artwork, and loft-style living accommodation, while the roof terrace enables views over Shoreditch.
Project Name: Gallery Loft
Architect Name: William Tozer Associates
The spaces are loosely divided by blade walls and volumes finished in timber veneer, and black and white paint finishes. The floor of each level appears as a single, continuous plane of white-dyed timber.
Clad in the same material, an open-riser staircase connects these two floors, and is presented as an installation alongside the collection of paintings—its form referencing the Stack works of Donald Judd.
Natural light penetrates deep into the project due to the open-plan arrangement, a pedestrian-loaded light-well, the stair void, and a high-level mirror. The walls are illuminated by gallery track lighting, while background lighting is provided by wall-mounted flood-lamps.
William Tozer Associates
WILLIAM TOZER Associates is an award-winning practice headquartered in London, England. The practice has broad experience, including in housing, office, retail, and hospitality sectors, and has worked on projects in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand. Their work is particularly indebted to the practice of early-twentieth century Viennese modernist master architect Adolf Loos, on whom practice founder William Tozer completed his doctorate at the Bartlett.
Tozer Associates understands architecture as compositions of abstract sculptural form and space, and discrete functional ‘furnishings’ at various scales. Each project curates and re-frames the context and history of its site, and captures the open-endedness of the processes of demolition and construction. Their projects make sculptural compositions of volumes and planes, loosely dividing open-plan spaces into zones of use through their alignments and misalignments, changes of floor and ceiling level, and continuities and distinctions in the selection of materials, lighting, and other fixtures and fittings. Experiencing their finished architectural projects gives users and viewers a sense of engagement with the processes of conception, demolition and construction that are usually erased—a form of ‘action architecture’, giving formal and spatial expression to contemporary craft processes, including writing and drawing.