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The Building

Peveril Gardens & Artist Studios

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

Awards

The building has received numerous architectural awards and prizes.

— RIBA London Award 2022 and RIBA London Project Architect of the Year 2022 (RIBA London Awards 2022)
— 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)

Images by Brotherton-Lock and Max Creasy