New London Architecture (NLA)
The Building Centre
26 Store Street
London WC1E 7BT
13 October - 17 December
This is an exhibition organised by New London Architecture (NLA) showcasing over 100 current London workplace projects and initiatives, inlcuding a new model called 'The Ark' by a team from FCBStudios that provides office space in underused churches.
The Ark could offer a unique alternative to the London office rental market, whilst supporting the finances of city churches. Church conversions are all too familiar, but their sale on the open market breaks the historic pattern of continuous, responsible ownership; and cuts ties between churches and their traditional use.
Leasing reversible, demountable ‘office pods’ within underused naves, whilst retaining an east end open for prayer, generates revenue for the upkeep of historic city churches, whilst providing unique working environments. FCBStudios is working with Church of England and HLF to deliver a pilot for this concept, in a rural church in the Diocese of Hereford.
Join the NLA for discussions, presentations, tours and demonstrations throughout autumn as they explore the future of work in the capital.