Siobhan Davies Studios in London

The building of the Siobhan Davies Studios, a modern dance company, received a prestigious award from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2006. The award highlighted the signi cance and furthered the international renown of this comparatively small project, that one might otherwise think was solely of local importance, for which one of the buildings on the site of the Charlotte Sharman primary school in south London was rebuilt and adapted to a new use.

Siobhan Davies Studios in London

Completely run of the mill and, like most of the buildings in the area, built of brick, the school is located between Elephant and Castle, a major transport interchange, and the Imperial War Museum in the less than desirable London borough of Southwark, which has put together

a fairly extensive plan to improve radically the district and its image over the next few years. The project to rebuild the school buildings to house the Siobhan Davies Dance Studios fitted the bill perfectly in this context.

Thanks to the striking rebuilding of the unprepossessing annex of the school and the fact that a famous dance company that plays an important role in London’s cultural scene has set up its studio here, life has been breathed into yet another corner of south London, an area that has traditionally languished in a down at heel state. There is, of course, a far larger and better know example of regeneration of this area on the South Bank — the adaptation of the former Bankside power station as the Tate Modern art gallery, to designs by Herzog and De Meuron, opened in 2000.

View, overlooking the south-western side

View, overlooking the south-western side © richard bryant / arcaid.co.uk

View, overlooking the south-western side

View, overlooking the south-western side © richard bryant / arcaid.co.uk

Detail of the façades and roof

© richard bryant / arcaid.co.uk

Main image: © richard bryant / arcaid.co.uk