Planning permission has been granted for our scheme to incorporate a 39-room boutique hotel into Camden Methodist Chapel. A new structure will be inserted into the historic brick envelope, retaining a church and community space on the lower levels.
In celebration of MK50, Milton Keynes Arts Centre invited 50 designers and artists, including Manalo & White, to create plates for their annual fundraiser. The online auction ends 31st March. Funds raised will help deliver the centre's outreach programme, targeting those with little or no access to the arts.
Planning permission has been granted for the conversion of the former Beecroft Art Gallery in Westcliff-on-Sea into 20 studios and a project space for artists. The adaptations will create sustainable, affordable facilities which will contribute to the regeneration of Southend as a sustainable cultural and intellectual hub and will support existing local arts organisations.
Last week we held workshops with students from the University for the Creative Arts Canterbury, to create 24-hour interventions at the Horsebridge Centre in Whitstable, exploring its spaces and suggesting how it might be adapted. With artists Adam Chodzco and Rosa Ainley, in partnership with Whitstable Biennale.
Sligo County Council has granted planning permission for our new Surfing Centre on the Atlantic-facing shorefront of the village of Strandhill.
Exposed wooden joists with herringbone struts support large rooflights over this split level residential extension in the Barnsbury Conservation Area, London. The kitchen is now the social hub of the house, overlooked by a new office space and reconnected to the garden via a brick stepped plinth.
Completed this month: reclaimed oak beams and parquet flooring, pale pink leather-clad joinery, and bookmatched slabs of Sequoia marble are some of the finishes we used to transform this Victorian villa in Notting Hill. Structural alterations enabled the insertion of a bright Corian-lined office at the top of the stairs.
Answers on a postcard is a new work by writer Rosa Ainley that launches a period of thinking about cultural space in Whitstable. This afternoon, as part of this year's Biennale, Rosa and M&W's Stephen Beasley will talk about architecture and spaces, how architects and writers can work with users of buildings, and ways of getting people talking about how we use buildings.
As a first step towards the transformation of the Horsebridge Arts Centre in Whitstable, Manalo & White have designed a pop-up cinema for this year's Biennale. Exploring alternative ways of using the building, we opened up an unused staircase to direct cinema-goers on a new route to the top floor. Between screenings, a projected view of the seafront suggests the potential for future views and new ways of relating to the town.
Focal Point Gallery wishes to provide affordable artist studios in Southend-On-Sea. Manalo & White have been selected by public tender to commission demand surveys and test the viability of converting existing buildings, including a seafront building that previously housed the Beecroft Collection in Westcliff-on-Sea. We'll be working with consultant Douglas Thackway, who was instrumental in setting up the White Building in London’s Hackney Wick.
Construction work has begun at Aspex Gallery on alterations to its historic waterfront building in Portsmouth. Manalo & White were asked to help improve the way the organisation engages with its audience, through the creation of a larger education and events space, relocating the cafe, and creating an artist’s studio to be used for residencies. The work will be completed in June when the gallery will welcome its first artist-in-residence.
Manalo & White have won the competition to design a new surfing and coastal community centre in Strandhill, County Sligo, Ireland. The development will create a distinctive new facility for the surf club, and a vibrant and unifying new central hub for the village of Strandhill. The building’s upper floor and roof will be clad in black rubber, and the full-height concrete panels of the perimeter walls will be etched with wild Celtic seascapes and surf scenes by pioneering Donegal surfer and graphic artist Barry Britton. Read more in the Architects' Journal.
For the month of August, Power Plant took over Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s gallery and outdoor spaces. The centre was transformed through a series of free workshops run by printmakers, architects, painters, horticulturalists, ceramicists and bakers to celebrate growing, making and eating. We worked with children of all ages, using bamboo and knots, to create a 'house' for hanging objects crafted from fruit and vegetables, drawing on influences from the natural and supernatural world.
With the shell & core works almost complete, Brian leads a tour of the site to review progress.