City & Guilds of London Art School Phase 2
Our second phase of work for the Art School is now also complete - a pivotal new entrance hall, circulation space and gallery. This gives the Art School the physical ‘heart’ it lacked and forms a public face that is appropriate to its status. We removed piecemeal accretions in, and roofed over the space between, the historic Georgian houses and 20th century art studios to the rear. Tall steel stanchions are independent of the historic structures and the glass roof admits maximum light. Our design was inspired by the covered but partly open, purposeful Victorian buildings for industry, transport and trade. Their robust sense of purpose and timeless, practical materials and details are appropriate to the Art School and recall its 19th century mission and origins.