Hollybush Gardens

Matheson Whiteley, London, 2015


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Contemporary art gallery

The new contemporary art gallery for Hollybush Gardens rehabilitates an abandoned Victorian-era brick vault located beneath the Rosebery Avenue Bridge Viaduct.

The main entry is from Warner Yard and opens onto a long gallery of sandblasted London stock engineering bricks with contrasting deep blue glazed corner bricks. Beyond is the main gallery - a 6m high vaulted space which follows the profile of the viaduct arch. A new lighting and services grid is suspended from an existing gantry system, while the existing concrete floor is cleaned and left exposed as a counterpoint to new art walls.

A new stair links to upper-level offices, a viewing balcony and a separate studio space with direct access from Rosebery Ave. Beneath this stair is a small pocket gallery.

Through careful examination of the existing building fabric, the project proposes a series of specific settings for the display of art which respond to the almost archaeological nature of the existing space.


  • Begun: Aug 2014
  • Completed: Jan 2015
  • Floor area: 272m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £50,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Jul 2014
  • Procurement: Construction Management
  • Address: 1-2 Warner Yard, London, EC1R 5EY, United Kingdom

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