Conversion of a 1970s warehouse space to provide a gallery space for the White Cube
The 5440 m2 warehouse has been converted to provide exhibition spaces, warehousing, private viewing rooms, an auditorium and a bookshop.
A new freestanding steel structure has been inserted into the brick warehouse and a new concrete slab capable of taking up to 100kN in any one place was laid.
The double-height ground floor has a straightforward plan with galleries orientated off a long central ‘street’ that follows the axis of the building, from the entrance at the front to the back, where there is a small auditorium for showing video works.
To the north of the street, open-plan, smaller galleries are used to showcase the work of emerging artists, while the larger galleries to the south are for more established names. There is also a white 9 x 9 x 9-metre cube, top-lit by daylight, in which work can be hung from above or exhibited on the walls.
The building is divided 50:50 between gallery and office space, a second story, which runs the length of the building containing the later.
- Begun: Jan 2011
- Completed: Oct 2011
- Floor area: 5,440m2
- Sector: Arts and culture
- Total cost: £8M
- Procurement: JCT 2005 Standard Form of Building Contract Without Quantities
- Address: 144 – 152 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3TQ, United Kingdom
- Architect: Casper Mueller Kneer Architects
- Client: White Cube
- Structural engineer: Atelier One
- Services engineer: Bob Costello Associates
- Fire safety consultant: Ramboll
- CDM coordinator: Goddard Consulting
- Project manager: Millbridge Group
- Quantity surveyor: Millbridge Group
- Planning consultant: DP9
- Acoustic consultant: BDP
- Main contractor: LIFE Build Solutions Limited
- Executive architect: RHWL