Peckham Observatory in London

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Peckham Observatory, South London Viewing Gallery, Multi-storey car park Arts Space, Kiosk

Peckham Observatory in London

Peckham Observatory Art Gallery in Car Park, England, UK – design by Cooke Fawcett Architects

20 Jul 2017

Peckham Observatory

Architects: Cooke Fawcett

Location: South London, UK

Peckham Observatory opens for Bold Tendencies Car Park Arts Space

Peckham Observatory in London

The acclaimed young practice Cooke Fawcett has created a spectacular new viewing gallery and kiosk for Bold Tendencies, the arts space on the top of the now famous multi-storey car park in Peckham.

Peckham Observatory in London

The observatory, which provides new perspectives on the specially commissioned art installations as well as breath-taking views across London, will be launched on 18 July.

Peckham Observatory in London

Oliver Cooke and Francis Fawcett were previously members of the Herzog and de Meuron team who worked on the new development of Tate Modern which opened last year.

Peckham Observatory in London

For Bold Tendencies, their 3.5m-wide raised platform spans the entire width of the car park, its steel support beams cantilevered at both ends. Two staircases at either side provide an elevated promenade and on the northern tip the balustrade position at the half-landing provides unencumbered views of London.

Peckham Observatory in London

The deck and steps are made of full-width hardwood timber decking, and three areas of custom-designed benches and sun-loungers are planned. Timber handrails on the upper level are angled to provide natural places to lean and rest, taking in the artwork and activities taking place on the roof of the car park, with Frank’s Bar at the far end.

Peckham Observatory in London

Nestled underneath the steelwork is a timber-framed box painted dark blue. This kiosk will provide Bold Tendencies with much-needed space for staff, serving as an information point, ticket booth and shop. It will also act as a hub for the Bold Everywhere educational programme.

Peckham Observatory in London

Peckham Observatory in London

The new structure has been achieved on a very low budget as Bold Tendencies took on the project management themselves and worked with local suppliers and contractors, making this a thoroughly Peckham endeavour from start to finish.

Peckham Observatory in London

Peckham Observatory in London

This is Cooke Fawcett’s second commission for Bold Tendencies. Their previous project, Concert Wall, is a concertinaed plywood screen which provides an acoustic and visual backdrop for live music performances.

Peckham Observatory in London

Oliver Cooke, director of Cooke Fawcett, said: “We’re so pleased to return to Bold Tendencies with another project that enhances the experience of the car park and the art contained within it.”

Peckham Observatory in London

Francis Fawcett added: “For an avant garde cultural institution now in its 11th year, it is important that Bold Tendencies retains the capacity to reinvent and present new experiences to its loyal following as well as to new visitors.”

Peckham Observatory in London

Photography: Cooke Fawcett

Peckham Observatory in London images / information received 200717 from Cooke Fawcett

Location: Peckham, London, England, UK

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