Make Architects has revealed to the AJ the first interior shots of its new Dartford Judo Club.
The building, which will be opened officially by Princess Anne on Thursday (23 March), is the first to be completed by the practice since it was set up by breakaway Foster and Partners director Ken Shuttleworth in 2003.
Expected to be used in the 2012 Olympics, the £3.5 million centre houses training areas, changing facilities, club rooms and a 200-seat gallery viewing area.
'We're proud that our first completed building creates a new home for an important community resource which is also a national model of sporting excellence,' Shuttleworth said.
'The best measure of the building's success will be the continued growth and flourishing of Dartford Judo Club.'
Describing the 'efficient' design of the scheme, which replaces a former military drill hall, project architect Matt White said: 'This was a very challenging brief, with no room for self-indulgence.'
He added: 'Every detail had to work hard and earn its place as part of a programme of intelligent, efficient design. The resulting building avoids pastiche but is fully in tune with the spirit of judo.' by Richard Waite
( Photography by Will Pryce