woensdag, oktober 09, 2019

Damien Hirst #6

(foto's: Nicholas Worley)

(foto's: Lawrie Cornish)

"Iridescent blue bricks and an art-deco-style cornice form the exterior of Damien Hirst's new headquarters in London's Soho, designed by architecture studio Stiff + Trevillion.

London-based Stiff + Trevillion designed the building as a flexible, creative workspace, as the architects didn't know at the time who would occupy it. Its aim was to create a memorable and characterful building befitting of the location, on the corner of Beak Street.

The result attracted Hirst's attention. The British artist purchased the property from commercial developers Enstar Capital and LandCap for £40 million through his company Science.

The 2,570-square-metre building, which comprises five storeys and a basement, will now act as the artist's main studio and art complex, as well as housing a branch of Japanese restaurant Sticks n Sushi.

Stiff + Trevillion chose glazed bricks in hues of sea blue and green for the building's facade. The architects completed the look with an art deco-style cornice, plus aluminium friezes and window surrounds – designed by artist Lee Simmons – to give the illusion of deep relief and texture.

At the base of the building, the bricks are a deep blue shade, while the main body boasts a lighter, sea green hue. The intention was to ground the structure and prevent it from appearing as one solid block, and to highlight the process of hand dipping each glazed brick.
The project received planning permission in November 2015 and was completed three years later, in July 2018.

The flexible, open-plan interiors are accompanied by floor-to-ceiling windows on all levels, along with polished concrete Italianate pillars.

Now that Hirst has taken over the space, the building is being fitted out to his preferences, scheduled for completion in early 2019."
(bron: dezeen)

(bron: the spaces)

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