PECKHAM ART ROOM – LONDON
proposal seeks to mend the disparate edges of the site between, the shopfront
end of terrace, monumental canopy, rear spaces of exposed backs of shops.
Square is a new urban space and is just beginning to evolve inhabited edges to
the complex voids that collectively claim new public space. This process of
sustainable regeneration for the square will accumulate activities over time in
the gradual process of making successful public space.
new building is pivotal in this process. Its siting is the hinge between the
domestic scale of the Safe building; the landmark monumentality of the canopy
and the contribution of further activity to the square overlooking the entrance
to Peckham Library.
building form expresses the transition from the stack of the domestic end of
terrace, through to the barrel roof
which is protective from, yet referential to the existing canopy;
through to the garden gazebo extending onto the Safe building's garden on the
edge of the square.
primary material appearance is of black matt metal sheet used in countenance to
the vivid bright colours of the Square and the street life of Peckham. It has a
strident yet calm presence. The black
metal sheet is used for the exterior wrapped form and the interior
mezzanine strip which climbs up to an information 'sign stack’ to the street
front. It has neutral white interior walls, used as a soft lining for artwork
window apertures all relate to their particular site orientation, opening out
onto the canopy podium, and the performance stage.
building is both a giver and receiver of information; image and art. It
literally wears its activities and delivers a beacon for social, and learning