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PECKHAM OBSERVATORY DESIGNED BY OLIVER COOKE AND FRANCIS FAWCETT

The acclaimed young practice Cooke Fawcett has created a spectacular new viewing gallery and box office kiosk for Bold Tendencies. The observatory provides new perspectives on our on-site commissions as well as breathtaking views across London. From the Observatory visitors can take in the works of art and activities taking place on the roof of the car park, with Frank’s Bar at the far end.

Oliver Cooke and Francis Fawcett were previously members of the Herzog & de Meuron team who worked on the new development of Tate Modern which opened last year.

For Bold Tendencies, their 3.5m-wide raised platform spans the entire width of the car park, its steel support beams cantilevered at both ends. Two staircases at either side provide an elevated promenade and on the northern tip the balustrade drops away at the half-landing to provide views out and across London.

Nestled underneath the steelwork is a timber-framed box painted dark blue. This kiosk will provide Bold Tendencies with much-needed space for staff, serving as an information point and box office. It will also act as a centre for the Bold Everywhere educational programme.