Working in collaboration with architect Chris Stead of Paris, BPR designed a gallery, cafe and office for the Magnum Photography agency.
Three architectural moves are key in turning this former hotel ballroom into an integrated set of spaces. A portion of the ground floor concrete slab is cut away, a bridge spanned across it, and a cafe ‘trailer’ inserted into the front facade. The front of the trailer pushes through to the street, defining the entrance and helping to project the identity of the gallery.
The cafe shares the top floor with a gallery and book store, set beneath a restored roof lantern of glass lenses. The basement includes a flexible gallery and research area.