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For the first time in the organisation’s near 20-year history, Forma now has a permanent home in South London made possible through the vision and support of Southwark Council, Mayor of London and Arts Council England. This new development located at Bricklayers Arms roundabout was designed by Sanchez Benton architects in collaboration with curator Aldo Rinaldi, artist Gabriel Kuri and horticulturalist Nigel Dunnett. The light-filled frame houses Forma’s office, five artist studios, a residency space for visiting international artists, an event space as well as room for a café and bookshop.


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For the first time in the organisation’s near 20-year history, Forma now has a permanent home in South London made possible through the vision and support of Southwark Council, Mayor of London and Arts Council England. This new development located at Bricklayers Arms roundabout was designed by Sanchez Benton architects in collaboration with curator Aldo Rinaldi, artist Gabriel Kuri and horticulturalist Nigel Dunnett. The light-filled frame houses Forma’s office, five artist studios, a residency space for visiting international artists, an event space as well as room for a café and bookshop.

The Building


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The modernist structure is a former podium terrace and collection of garages built in the 1960s. Sanchez Benton architects and Gabriel Kuri reference the Bricklayers Arms’s famous history of a 19-century stopping point on the pilgrimage through London and turned the walled garden into an oasis on the edge of the roundabout. Three large openings were created in the existing concrete deck, one for the stairs to the public garden, one for a large central skylight and a third as an opening for a tree to climb through, connecting the two levels.

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The rooftop was converted into a public garden designed with celebrated horticulturalist Nigel Dunnett and will be fitted with furniture designed by Gabriel Kuri. It is open to the public on selected weekdays between 11 am–5 pm.

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There are five studios at FormaHQ, available to artists, writers, designers and curators seeking an affordable workspace in Central London. Find more information and register your interest here.

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Summer Programme


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In July 2021 we opened our doors with an ambitious calendar of performances, screenings and events. Onyeka Igwe concluded her R&D with an intimate dinner and week-long film screening of 8 yams, 8 small yams, 8 eggs, a cow and a cockerel exploring ritual eating practices in West Africa. Kate Carr presented a live set for the release her limited edition vinyl dawn, always new, often superb, inaugurates the return of the everyday. Himali Singh Soin transformed the space in October for her mesmerising live performance of we are opposite like that accompanied by collaborator David Soin Tappeser and a string quartet. Read more about each event on the following pages or see the full artistic programme.

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Architecture Programme


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Peveril Gardens and Artist Studios – the building’s full name – is regularly featured in talks and tours with Sanchez Benton architects, such as Open House 2021 or the Barbican’s Architecture on Stage series. The ‘jewel-like oasis’ has won multiple awards and continues to be shortlisted for its ‘impressive combination of community benefit and quality of architecture, creating a big impact on a small scale – and budget.’

Architectural Awards
• Landscape and Public Realm prize (AJ Architecture Awards2021)
• Editor’s Choice (AJ Architecture Awards 2021)
• Regional Finalist (Civic Trust Award 2022, winners to be announced)

Selected Press

• The best buildings of 2021 (ICON, 14 Dec 21)
• Architectural gardens around the world to soothe the soul (Wallpaper magazine, 22 October 2021)
• Just beyond the traffic roaring over the Bricklayers Arms flyover there’s a quiet art revolution taking place (The Elephant Magazine, Autumn 2022)
• Modernist south London garages transformed into arts hub (ICON, 28 July 2021)
• Sanchez Benton’s transformation of a 1960s parking structure is subtly sensitive to history and the local community (Architecture Today)
• RetroFirst Stories: Sanchez Benton on transforming a 1960s parking structure (Architect’s Journal, 7 May 2021)