New work: Hampstead School of Art

Allies and Morrison has completed the new home of the Hampstead School of Art. The school is at the heart of the Kidderpore Green development,a complex two-phase neighbourhood of new homes situated in the Redington and Frognal Conservation Area close to Hampstead. The new building will allow the School to continue to play a vital role in the local community, and in turn, its development and cultural life.

The four storey pavilion has a cafe and gallery space on the ground floor entrance level with a library and kiln room located in its basement as well as a number of studios catering for different art mediums across the first and second floors. A double storey glazed elevation provides natural light into the studio spaces and a connection to the large deciduous trees immediately adjacent. The grey brick form has an assured presence, fronting a piazza and park, and this anchors a new public space. The School’s move to the new building was funded, in part, by the adjacent residential development, echoing a similar model to that found at the Design Museum. It has helped to expand the School’s spaces and its ability to cater for a wider audience.

The Hampstead School of Art was founded by Henry Moore in 1946 as a community art education charity. Its teaching artists provide studio-based tuition, providing contemporary studio-based fine arts courses, built on traditional skills.

Completion of the wider Kidderpore Green project is anticipated in mid-2018.