Davies Street Gallery

London, 2017
Architect: 6a Architects

A former piano shop has been adapted and remodelled to become the headquarter for Sadie Coles, a contemporary art gallery focused on presenting the work of established and emerging international artists.

We designed the the indoor environmental control, with building services carefully threaded through the existing structure and integrated with the new architecture.

An irregular arrangement of stairs and mezzanines in the former piano showroom was demolished to create a new double height gallery and two smaller galleries at first floor linked by a new concrete stair cast in situ.

  • Stripping out and stripping back the existing services

The new spaces are climate controlled through new mechanical ventilation systems. Voids have been created within the depth of new walls to allow ventilation air to be distributed around the new gallery. Particular emphasis was placed on the integration of the air supply and extract points, which in most instances are integrated within the lighting tracks or black-out blind slots.

The lighting was designed to provide a mix of interchangable and adjustable spot luminaires with potentiometers for curatorial adjustment combined with seperatley switched linear luminaires for for general illumination.