KOKO, London – England

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Whilst paying homage to the history of the theatre the new architectural project has amalgamated the Hope & Anchor pub and former piano factory with an extensive new extension into a transformative complex, becoming a dynamic, future-facing broadcasting experience alongside the full restoration of the theatre, and multiple venues on a singular site. The auditorium is the heart of the project with the adjoining Victorian fly tower, which created an opportunity to become an immersive music venue in its’ own right.
Laterally linking the galleries to decks of the new social spaces within the adjacent new structure creates an architectural first, where hospitality sits alongside an immersive social and musical environment including a recording studio, artist’s lounge, jazz bar, vinyl room, listening booths, bars and dining spaces. Within the vast site there is a standalone club: ‘House of KOKO’, with interiors by Pirajean Lees.
A decorative front façade is now complete with the dome reconstruction. Scalloped copings, an open terrace and glazed canopy sheltering guests. The pub retains its faience façade from 1860 and as the building turns into the mews, the upper floors provide a rhythm of aluminium U-sections organising Crittal factory windows sitting above the former piano works. Glazed bottle-green tiles complete the transformation linking the new building with the Hope & Anchor before the building steps back to reveal the dome and reinstated cupola.

 

Photo courtesy: Archer Humphryes Architects
Design: Archer Humphryes Architects/Redhouse Design

KOKO
1a Camden High St, London NW1 7RE, England
Phone: +44 20 7388 3222


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