Battersea Arts Centre in best architecture round ups for 2018 21.12.18

Battersea Arts Centre has appeared in round ups of the best architecture of 2018 in the Guardian and Frieze Magazine. Olly Wainwright in the Guardian has BAC in his top 10 of the year, saying “architects Haworth Tompkins were given the chance to craft one of London’s most atmospheric performance spaces from the charred carcass. Along with designing a spectacular ceiling for the hall, they have worked on little interventions throughout the building creating a magical place that revels in the rich patina of its history.” Frieze Magazine has said this of our work at the former town hall: “most successful among them has been Haworth Tompkins’s 12-year project at Battersea Arts Centre, the scope of which was dramatically expanded after a catastrophic fire in 2015. The firm’s work on the Grand Hall is a masterful combination of conservation and reconstruction”. Read the full article here.

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