Anise Gallery / AVR London
A Victorian spice warehouse, re-invented to house an architectural artwork gallery and an architectural illustrator's studio. The design focuses on flexibility and workspace collaboration.
ArchitectTate Harmer LLP
13a Shad Thames SE1 2PU
47, 188, 381, RV1
- Architect on site
- Access for wheelchair users
- Regularly open to the public at no charge
ANISE GALLERY / AVR LONDON Originally a warehouse for storing Anise, the 19th century building was converted in 2000. Sitting opposite the superb Hopkins building that houses Conran’s head office and a moments walk away from The Design Museum, Anise Gallery keeps some spectacular architectural company. Acquired in 2011 by architectural illustration company AVR London, extensive renovations followed. Partitions were removed to open the entire 1500 sq foot warehouse up, suspended ceilings were ripped down revealing original pipe work and beams, the floor was sanded back to its former glory and with the help of Jerry Tate Architects, bespoke fixtures and fittings were commissioned to maximise the beauty of the space and its potential uses. The highlight of these being the moveable screens, hand made in 2012 by Joseph Lewis, their functions are numerous. Acting as room dividers for meetings and events, hanging walls for exhibitions and screening walls for presentations. In 2012 Anise Gallery, currently housing AVR London, opened its own exhibition space. Promoting and exhibiting architectural art work and the links that exist between the mediums, the two companies soon developed a flourishing symbiotic relationship. 27 exhibitions later , the gallery has made a name for itself amongst the local and architectural community and has been published in The Sunday Times, The Architects Journal, Time Out, Stylist Magazine, The RIBA Journal, Dezeen, Wallpaper and many more. The focus of the space has undeniably become about beautiful craftsmanship, flexibility and work space collaboration. Fastforward to 2016 and this is more evident than ever as both companies flourish and are using their knowledge and skill to collaborate on a variety of exciting projects.