"HAT Projects have found fantastic solutions for reorganizing the layout of the building, carving out two extra studios for London-based artists, doubling the size of the gallery, creating a purpose-built events space and adding a much needed kitchen and a terrace to enhance the feeling of "home." The building is also going to have a better presence on the street, making us a lot more visible and inviting to audiences. Renovating Gasworks is allowing us to think more ambitiously about our programs." Alessio Antoniolli, Director, Gasworks.
Gasworks houses an international gallery and residency programme, affordable artists' studios and a full outreach and events programme within one deceptively small building. Our challenge as architects was to reconfigure this building to make bigger, better spaces for all these functions, without the possibility of actually extending the building. This has been an exercise in creating the best spaces for art and artists in a legible, elegant and restrained fashion.
The new street facade composes the existing window openings into a coherent graphic whole which becomes a night-time beacon through an illuminated lightbox sign and canopy.