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Architecture Foundation set for new humble home

The Architecture Foundation (AF) is to move into a new ‘pared down’ home, designed by Carmody Groarke, at the end of the month

The 167 sq m street-level headquarter office in Tooley Street, close to London Bridge in Southwark, south London is significantly less ambitious than the Foundation’s original proposal to move into a £5 million scheme, on the Bankside 123 site, which was set to mark Zaha Hadid’s London debut.

Hadid’s competition-winning scheme (pictured right), which was chosen ahead of designs by Foreign Office Architects (FOA) and Caruso St John in 2004, was eventually ditched last February due to ‘the UK’s ‘dramatically changed economic and fundraising climate’.

According to the AF, the space will be built in Douglas fir and birch plywood around the existing cast iron structure of an Edwardian warehouse and has been ‘intentionally pared down to essentials, to ensure maximum adaptability of space, and its cumulative occupation over time’.

Sarah Ichioka, director of The Architecture Foundation, said: ‘While we’ve enjoyed the past year’s freedom to produce pop-up exhibitions around London… we believe that this new base will enable The Architecture Foundation to better serve our core supporters in the creative industries and to continue to expand our audiences within London’s diverse local communities.

‘We look forward to producing exciting, experimental and relevant programming in our new project space.’

The AF, which has now left its original premises in Bury Street, has also announced that is has secured Arts council funding for the next two years.

Meanwhile it has been confirmed architect Farshid Moussavi of FOA and activist Gill Hicks of not for profit organisation M.A.D. (Making a Difference) for Peace, have joined the AF’s current board of trustees.

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