ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN COMPETITION

Open Call

AVR London and Anise Gallery purchased The Old Chapel and Warehouse in October 2016. Comprised of a Zion Chapel (1878) and a light industrial warehouse (1971), the property is located on the Malham Road industrial estate in Forest Hill, SE23. 

We invite emerging practices to propose a ‘creative mini-hub’ which could occupy the disused light industrial unit ( pictured below ) for two years, providing start-up space for architects and other creative companies.

This meanwhile use project is intended to activate the Malham Road industrial estate unit in advance of a later planning application which will allow a more permanent conversion. Proposals must include a communal exhibition and events space.

In brief, we are looking to establish a new creative mini-hub targeting architecture and related companies who are in their start-up or early years. Although temporary, we anticipate the redesign to be in place for up to two years and are looking forward to working with the successful team to create a nomadic, exciting and contemporary twist on the industrial estate.

The plot includes a 1970s industrial unit [280m²] and outdoor yard area [185m²] which is the subject of the competition and a late 19th-century chapel, which is expected to be converted into residential accommodation. Proposals must feature offices, a flexible exhibition space, and an external element which ‘makes a statement.’

Stage one applications should include a portfolio, team details, a short written description of the project and up to two A3-sized digital presentations. Shortlisted teams, due to be announced in November, will receive £500 each to further develop their proposals ahead of a submission deadline in January.

The deadline for applications is 15 November.

Judges will include Piers Gough of CZWG Architects, Jerry Tate from Tate Harmer, artist Ben Johnson; Maria Smith of Interrobang; Harriet Thorpe from Wallpaper* magazine and Steve Webb of Webb Yates. Submissions will be judged on their creative use of the space, prior experience, innovative use of materials, and simplicity.

A winner will be announced early next year and the hub is due to complete in the summer or autumn. 


  • Visit 27-33 Malham Road

    Anise Workshop (27-33 Malham Road) will be opening its doors for the first time in its raw and industrial glory for Crepuscolo by Matteo Zamagni. If you are thinking of entering the competition, the opening night would provide a perfect opportunity to come and see the space ‘in action’.

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