20-21 Hoxton Square by DOS Architects
After a long planning process, Hackney borough has given the nod to a new gallery on Hoxton Square, an area renowned for its lack of artistic space. The proposed unit has three levels of apartments, with the gallery located on the ground floor, making a welcome change from the Tesco Metros that tend to infest new builds. Located on the north side of the Square, the building is clad in black brick, and will sit almost directly opposite Jay Jopling's White Cube, which if we're lucky will lead to conceptual exhibitions playing out the Manichean battles between the forces of good and evil —perhaps Hoxton Square will be Purgatory? Architects DOS stress they've designed with the spirit of the nearby buildings in mind, and they've been fairly successful, matching the new gallery's scale and height lines to those of the existing structures.
Last Updated 17 July 2009