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Practice Architecture bags South Kilburn Studios scheme

Practice Architecture has landed an Architecture Foundation commission to revamp a community centre in west London

The up-and-coming outfit beat four other shortlisted practices to win the job and has been tasked with transforming the South Kilburn Partnership’s one storey ‘portacabin’ block home.

Sarah Ichioka, Architecture Foundation director, said: ‘We were very impressed by Practice Architecture’s elegant and convincing approach to our outline brief, and in particular with their commitment to establish a clear structure to deliver training opportunities for South Kilburn residents. 

‘The Architecture Foundation is pleased to be curating and delivering this project which aligns perfectly with our mission to commission socially engaged projects working with emerging creative talent.’

Andy Donald, Brent Council’s director of regeneration and major projects, added: ‘The South Kilburn Studios project is a tremendous opportunity to harness the latent creativity in South Kilburn as part of the wider regeneration process.

‘It will connect local young people with creative professionals who will provide mentoring, creative apprenticeships and advice.  It will help embed creativity into the transformation of South Kilburn for years to come.’

Practice Architecture’s previous projects include Frank’s Café – a temporary rooftop restaurant and bar (pictured) on a car park rooftop in Peckham, south London. The studio is run by Paloma Gormley, Lettice Drake and Henry Stringer.

Scheduled to open in Spring 2011, the South Kilburn Studios space will include artists’ studios and a shared workshop and could feature an ‘evolving’ façade.

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