gallery, museum, walk/tour
Zaha Hadid Architects, 2011
Station Court, Townmead Road, SW6 2PY
Designed by the world renowned Zaha Hadid Architects, Roca London Gallery is a unique space where water acts as the architectural theme. Guests can also visit 'Small Spaces in the City: Rethinking Inside the Box', a major exhibition exploring the challenges and innovative solutions for small live-and-work spaces in the city.
Designed by the award-winning Zaha Hadid Architects, the Roca London Gallery is an innovative space where Roca product display environments live harmoniously alongside a series of cultural exhibitions and events on a variety of themes such as architecture, design and sustainability.
The concept for the Roca London Gallery begins with water in its many forms and phases as both an idea to make space and to express our adaptability and openness to change and innovation. Water acts as a theme for the architecture theme, connecting all aspects of the Gallery. The displays and the areas around each display have been shaped by the movement of water. Water has created a changeable space, one which people will continue to return to.
The facade is a unique feature of the Gallery which gives the space an immediate identity. It incorporates a coherent blend of forms and contours which are used in an unexpected way to create a series of architectural cut outs and openings into the space.
The geometry of the three display environments at the front of the Gallery form a continuous surface with the facade creating a single uninterrupted space that interweaves exterior and interior whilst the strong material logic of the façade is maintained in exposed concrete.
The Gallery occupies one floor and covers an area of 1,100 m2. The white space of the main gallery is shaped by the continuous logic of the illuminated water drops that seamlessly connects the different areas. The array of glowing ‘pods’ builds the spine of the central space that is further defined with its final spiral move, which leads to the knowledge, research and and multi-media seating area next to the main reception.
The bold spatial concepts of the unique display environments stand out as dark grey concrete in contrast with the white central spine of the Gallery. Their form has been sculpted as if by the properties of erosion combined with the functional considerations of the gallery to allow flexibility. The continuing variety within the five distinct bathroom areas evolves along the backbone of the main Gallery.
Roca London Gallery will host two architectural tours on Saturday 9th at 12:00 and 15:00, led by Margarita Valova (the project architect from Zaha Hadid Design) along with David Bromell (Head of Marketing at Roca UK) that explain in great depth the design, manufacture and construction of the project, from concept to completion. The tours will last around 1 hour and there is no need to book in advance.
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