FCBStudios have designed the renovation of the Hayward Gallery to transform and modernise the iconic cultural venue for generations to come.
This restoration and redesign is primarily a conservation project with the aim of replacing building services, improving environmental performance and upgrading infrastructure to support an ever-widening artistic programme. This foundation of renewal and upgrade of the existing building will give the Gallery a new lease of life and a low maintenance future.
Most noticeably, the building’s 66 iconic pyramid rooflights and ceilings underneath have undergone a complete redesign and now allow the galleries to be flooded with controllable natural light.
Ian Taylor, Partner at FCBStudios said “the new combination of solar shading pyramids reimagines the original rooflights. High performance skylights, individually adjustable blinds and acoustic coffers provide curators and artists with complete versatility from blackout up to controlled levels of natural daylight with views up to the sky.”
The Hayward Gallery reopens to the public on the 25th January 2018, in time for its 50th birthday in June, with the UK’s first major retrospective of photographer Andreas Gursky. The upper galleries now have controllable natural light and we hope to have finally achieved Henry Moore’s wishes for the galleries to be filled with 'God's good daylight'. Read more about how we have let the light in here.