Dairy Art Centre

Studio Jenny Jones, London, 2013


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Refurbishment of a disused 1960s dairy depot into an arts centre

Formerly a dairy depot, the assemblage of existing buildings and yards already promised a curatorial sequence of differentiated spaces.

The proposal distills the essence of each of the spaces through removal, relocation of the reusable and injects installation of the new only where there was a need. A family of flourescent lighting details was developed to camouflage into the different ceiling and wall contexts.

A material palette for new elements was kept deliberately colourless, using white, mirror stainless steel, glass and translucent multiwall polycarbonate, or significant in the use of art-case plywood. An assembly of clear, solid, reflective and translucent surfaces was choreographed at the threshold to partially reveal the internal views of exhibits flattened with reflected views of the visitor and the external approach.


  • Begun: Dec 2012
  • Completed: Apr 2013
  • Floor area: 1,885m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £211,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Sep 2012
  • Procurement: Design Build
  • Address: 7a Wakefield Street, London, WC1N 1PG, United Kingdom

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