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Down on Dow

Happy news in Hackney Wick, London where David Kohn Architects last week completed its £550,000 transformation of a former sweet factory into ‘The White Building’, an arts centre on the Olympic fringe

Not only does the area benefit from a brand spanking new public realm, its derelict walls and warehouses have also received a fresh lick of paint thanks to a duo of London Legacy Development Corporation painters.

The centre itself, which boasts studio space, a gallery and its own microbrewery, will be hired out as hospitality space during the greatest show on earth (and by the looks of the forecast, a roof over people’s heads will be needed).

Douglas Thackway of arts charity Space, which is the White Building’s operator, assured the AJ any bookings would be ‘ethical’ and any big bad corporations would be ruled out. He explained: ‘We would get so much stick from the artistic community it wouldn’t be worth it. Coca-cola maybe, Dow Chemical definitely not.’

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