One Paved Court

Allies and Morrision, London, 2017

 

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Refurbished Grade II listed Georgian carpet shop, transformed into a small artists gallery and studios.

Paved Court is a modest lane of early Georgian shops and houses off Richmond Green, in south-west London. One Paved Court, the street's earliest building and until recently a carpet shop, has been transformed into a small artists' gallery and studios. The new gallery is home to three resident artists who, together with one of Allies and Morrison's partners, offer an alternative to the conventional commercial gallery model: an artist-led art space.

The building is set over four levels; a basement workspace with WC and kitchenette (linked to a heat-recovery system); an attic level studio; and a ground and first floor open and flexible exhibition space.

Vacant since 2006, nearly all of the building's original interior detail had been lost. Consequently, the decision was taken to remove entirely the existing 1970s interior to reveal the shell of the original building and to expose the layers of its eighteenth and nineteenth century history.

New interventions are as few as possible, to repair the fabric and to nudge it into its new role. Some are simple representations of what might once have existed, such as the turned oak handrails and white painted balusters; others are discrete, furniture-like additions, such as two white bookcase-balustrades.

Perhaps the most surprising discovery was an intact half-timber-and-brick party wall, previously concealed behind a much later chimney breast. A large brick archway, once connecting the building with a rear yard was uncovered, repaired and left exposed. The hope was that exhibiting artists would respond directly to the building, a hope which has been fulfilled in an extraordinarily innovative and varied programme of exhibitions, since the June 2017 opening.

On the exterior, the original brickwork was recovered from underneath a cement slurry, revealing in the process its relationship with the adjoining William and Mary house.

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  • Completed: 2017
  • Floor area: 78m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £225,000
  • Address: One Paved Court, Richmond , London, TW9 1LZ, United Kingdom

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