Kristiansand Art Gallery
- Location: Kristiansand Norway
- Client: Municipality Kristiansand
Competition: Honorable Mention
Competition: Honorable Mention
132 new homes, ambulance depot
Adam Khan Architects are Main Consultant for the regeneration of Tower Court Estate for Hackney Council, with Muf architecture/art as landscape architects.
A model for higher-density urban family living, the brief called for particular attention to be paid to the needs of returning residents and the housing requirements of the Haredi community. Through extensive consultation and design research, common ground was found between Haredi households and other large households – and this translated into a set of principles for highly adaptable large family homes in a dense neighbourhood. The scheme includes 132 mixed tenure dwellings, a new ambulance depot, and a comprehensive landscape strategy.
Four buildings at six storeys with a single tower at 12 storeys, are arranged on the site to respect and benefit from the setting at the edge of Clapton Common.
Site regeneration including the retention of a working boatyard, c 200 new homes, a new riverside park, business hub, café and marina facilities.
Nursery school, Community Play Facility, 10 homes
The project is part of a wider £85 million regeneration of Central Somers Town by Camden Council, and our close collaboration with the other practices involved was a key feature of the project.
The Play Barn is a reinvention of that well known and much loved / despised type, the indoor play centre. Typically noisy hellholes with no daylight, full of plastic and smelling of urine and burgers, every parent has had to endure one of these at some point. Often they are very useful. The brief then was for adventurous play, close to nature in a place that would be a delight for parents and children. Key requirements were excellent daylight, natural ventilation and controlled sunlight with a visual connection to surrounding nature. The Play Barn Continues the theme of ‘natural play’ – play that allows young children to encounter risk, adventure, contact and appreciation of the natural world – set out in our masterplan for the reserve and already established in our adjacent outdoor play landscape.
13 homes, public realm
Informed by a wider public realm study and extensive consultation, this small block shows that infill can have a wider ameliorative impact and receive consensus support.
The two Pembury estates – from the 1930’s & 1970’s – currently feel very separate due to severances in the landscape and public realm. Careful siting of the building within a public realm and play strategy unifies the open space into a single garden square, with the new building a bright lantern at the centre.
Adam Khan Architects were appointed as Main Consultant for the renovation and extension of a 1960’s estate in Copenhagen, Denmark. The project includes 224 refurbished and 52 new apartments.
The competition was won in collaboration with Daniel Serafimovski and Price and Myers
The remodelling of a flat in the Priory Green estate designed by Lubetkin.
A new gallery made for one of the most celebrated and distinctive artworks of recent years, ’Seizure’ by Roger Hiorns. The relocation of the work from London to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park involved a fundamental re-invention of the work, requiring intense sensitivity towards the artwork and a close working process with the artist. The work was inevitably redefined in this process, and the architecture is therefore highly nuanced, balancing the primacy of the internal experience of the work with the history evident in its new object status. A condition of instability is achieved by the siting of the gallery on the threshold between public park and service yard.
The new gallery also required a sensitive response to its setting amongst a rich ensemble of historic buildings, gardens and landscape. At the same time the artwork imposed very particular conservation requirements – the mass of copper sulphate crystals requires precise environmental conditions for its long term stability.
The design reconciles these complex needs using the historical precedents of grotto, folly and cave. A robust contemporary interpretation of these precedents draws on agricultural and industrial building techniques, used with refinement and grace. The required free ventilation is provided by slits between the cladding blocks, creating an ethereal and mysterious atmosphere. Systematic use of bespoke pre-cast elements references the original site but can clearly be dismantled, a key part of the brief.
The visitor sequence has been carefully choreographed to allow adjustment, acclimatisation and preparation for the experience of the artwork. The visitor experience is one of discovery and revelation.
The design of the exhibition looks at how to convey both the delicate sensory qualities of Dan’s work and the complex design process behind them. From a soft warm darkness of humus-brown walls, a set of charred chestnut poles and thick cork flooring suggests the forest floor. A cluster of screens makes a digital pin board showing work in progress –a complex visual narrative of research, precedent, sketch and key detail. Dan’s early education is shown through a collection of physical material – childhood projects, influential books, notebooks and letters shown in a densely packed table display.
The paradox of an artist so profoundly tuned to sense of place working on such a global scale is a new phenomenon and forms the basis for this eclectic use of new and old media. Questioning the simplistic notions of interactive display, the exhibition offers a rich immersive experience in its non-linear intimacy.
Located in an Edwardian church building in east London, the studio has been used as recording studios, art gallery, and hub work space. The insignia of the Empire complex is a rampant lion. This piece of furniture provides a stair to the mezzanine level (the control room), a viewing balcony and royal box, and storage for 12’’ vinyl records.
The re-modelling of a double height loft apartment in East London for an artist client. A set of formal axes and enfilade rooms were established based on the powerful grid of the host building, to establish clarity and exploit the rich changing light conditions. Restrained but evident detailing is counterpointed with a relaxed expression of raw materiality and eclectic furnishing.
Adam Khan Architects were lead consultants for the new visitor centre and associated landscape on the 67-hectare nature reserve. The buildings and open spaces form a village-like cluster, floating on a large pontoon. As well as giving unlimited flood protection, this brings the visitor into the magical territory amongst the reeds at the water’s edge.
Whilst the reserve is in one sense artificial – a created ‘taster set’ of landscapes – the design is experienced as highly natural, and even to some ‘timeless’. We are interested in architecture that establishes an emotional connection with the user and also articulates deeply held collective myths.
Adam Khan Architects were lead consultant for the refurbishment and extension of an established day centre for young homeless people.