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Assorted Studio Spaces, London by Caseyfierro Architects


A street of former industrial buildings belies a vast series of studio spaces

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Former industrial buildings have long been preferred sites for successful artists, especially those producing large-scale works, for reasons of economy as well as space. Warhol’s naming of his lofts ‘factories’ gave this phenomenon wry recognition, but most are less reflective on the conditions of their labour. Anish Kapoor’s recent monopolisation of an industrially produced pigment suggests his embrace of the capitalist mode of production is entirely unironic. He bought a former dairy in south London 20 years ago; Caseyfierro has been transforming the space over the past five years while he continued to work there.

To leave him relatively undisturbed, the project was completed in three phases, resulting in a spaces ranging from studiolo to bottega: small, white-walled drawing studios, painting studios, a gallery-type space for testing installations, an office and a vast workshop with a roof structure capable of bearing suspended weights of up to 3 tonnes. From the street, the 3,100m2 studio is the soul of discretion, so when the uprising against gentrification comes these high brick walls will likely escape the attentions of the mob.

Akstudio jimstephenson 14 midres

Akstudio jimstephenson 14 midres

Source: Jim Stephenson