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Roca London Gallery

Zaha Hadid Architects

The architect’s view

In the Roca London Gallery, located in Chelsea Harbour, the leading role is played by the water that, in the words of Zaha Hadid, ‘acts as a transformer moving, without interruption, through the facade, carving the interior and flowing through the main gallery as drops of water’. The Facade has a series of openings that seek to show the effect of water erosion and a white interior filled with drops of light acting as the backbone of the gallery. These drops of water connect the different areas of the space which are part of the gallery itself; namely an exhibition of Roca’s most innovative products, the meeting room and the multimedia space, amongst others. Additionally, the interior features the latest technologies which combine with modern audiovisual, sound and lighting equipment to transport the visitor to a truly cutting edge space.

  • Margarita Yordanova Valova, project architect, Zaha Hadid Architects


Project data

Name of client: Roca
Lighting consultant: Isometrix Lighting Design
Structural and facade engineer: Buro Happold
MEP and acoustics consultant: Max Fordham Consulting Engineers
Cost Manager: Betlinski
Area: 1,100 m2
Total project cost: not disclosed
Construction Manager: Empty
Start on site: 2009
Completion: October 2011


Specified products


Display area floor tiles



Spot lights to display environments, gallery and meeting room



Gallery ceiling pod lights and ceiling border edge coving

Architectural Lighting Solutions


Display product etched stainless steel plate labels, glass manifestations and signage to facade and meeting room and vinyl laser cut text to gallery area

Austin Luce & Co


GRC panels to and GRP product display shelves to display environments, GRG panels and GRP ceiling pods to gallery and GRP wall shelves to library



Resin floor to gallery area, manager’s office, kitchen, staff area and washrooms



Interior colour glazing to manager’s office, kitchen, staff area and washrooms

Harlow Glass


Facade glazing and interior glazing to meeting room



Tall white metal doors to gallery

Evans Turner


Stainless steel product display plates to display environments

Trescher Fabrications



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