Llowarch Llowarch creates Cob arts space

A new artistic space, Cob Studios and Gallery, will open in London’s Camden in February 2011, designed by Llowarch Llowarch Architects.

Appointed in June from a shortlist of architects, the practice was tasked with reconfiguring the Victorian terraced building, which was previously a film studio. 

‘The client wanted the spaces to be flexible but wasn’t too prescriptive,’ says practice co-founder Nicola Llowarch, who says voids have been introduced behind the front elevation to let light into the basement. The void connects the front ground and front basement rooms.

The building now comprises a studio space, a 50m2 project space and The Cob Gallery centrepiece.

Llowarch explains, ‘The client wanted it to be a fairly understated and high-spec space, that doesn’t really shout out too much.’

The Cob Gallery promises to ‘create an environment of artistic expression, exploration and development’, according to Cob Studios and Gallery.

In the opening exhibition – Unnatural Nature – artists Katie Paterson (whose work is pictured), Noemie Goudal, Dmitri Galtzine, Jamie P Graham and Anna Curtis will explore increasingly inauthentic relationships with nature, inspired by Jean Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulation treatise.

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