Victoria Miro Gallery

Michael Drain, London, 2006


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Exterior of Victoria Miro Gallery  

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  • Exterior of Victoria Miro Gallery     
  • The warehouse hides the gallery from view at ground level    
  • Balcony view    
  • Staircase and ground floor    
  • Upper gallery space    
  • Gallery exhibit    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Third floor plan    
  • Fourth floor plan    
  • Section A    
  • Section B    
  • Section C    
  • East elevation    
  • West elevation    
  • 5.5m window under construction    
  • 72-step staircase under construction    
  • Gallery showing deep set balcony    
  • Staircase under construction    
  • Upper gallery space under construction    
  • Victoria Miro Gallery from road, under construction    

Gallery for a not-for-profit art foundation above a refurbished Victorian brick warehouse

Working together with conceptual architect Claudio Silvestrin, the architect designed the gallery as a neutral space, fitted to house and display art. Sitting above a refurbished Victorian brick warehouse, Victoria Miro Gallery is hardly noticeable from ground level.

The gallery is accessed by one of its focal points: a theatrical 72-step staircase, ascending across a whole side of the plot, within a narrow shaft.

Inside, rusty columns contrast with polished floors. Chamfered concrete beams are left exposed. In the main chambers, a 6m high ceiling allows for a flexible hanging and display area. The windows, made from 5.5m-high glass panels, provide a contrast between the interior white walls and the view beyond.

From ground level the deep balcony is hidden, making it suitable for both private client receptions and show launch parties. Sheltered by a canopy faced in bronze-anodised aluminium, it offers a back-drop of the East London cityscape.


  • Begun: Nov 2004
  • Completed: Nov 2006
  • Floor area: 1,010m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Procurement: JCT Standard Form of Management Contract 1998 Edition
  • Address: Victoria Miro Gallery, 16 Wharf Road, London, N1 7RW, United Kingdom

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