The Photographers’ Gallery is a non-profit publicly funded organization devoted to disseminating and exhibiting photography. Founded in 1971, the organization decided in 2006 to move its home to an old red-brick Victorian warehouse, of 10.5 meters x 21.5 meters, located between Oxford Street and London’s Soho. The building is approached from Oxford Street through a narrow stepped passageway between two buildings.

Two new floors are added to the original brick building, doubling the exhibition space available with two halls of 185 square meters, completely structure-free. Meanwhile, the existing spaces, more fragmented, were fit out to accommodate the public service areas, a gallery, and an educational room. The original structure was reinforced to support the upper volume, finished with a matte black render that extends at some points to the original brick facade. Wood frames perforate these two layers, creating feature windows that become indoor lookouts and give the facades a dynamic character. The panoramic window of the top floor brings in northern light, and emphasizes the building’s urban presence. 

Obra Work

Photographers’ Gallery

Cliente Client

Photographers’ Gallery

Arquitectos Architects


Colaboradores Collaborators

ADP Architects (arquitectos en obra contractor architects)

Consultores Consultants

Dewhurst McFarlane and Partners (estructura structural engineers); Arup (instalaciones M&E engineers)

Contratista Contractor

Kilby + Gayford

Superficie construida Built-up area

1,345 m²

Presupuesto Budget

£9.2 M + VAT

Fotos Photos

Dennis Gilbert/VIEW; Anthony Coleman/VIEW