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Roundhouse 1846–2006
Documenting the rebirth of a legendary venue

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Originally built in 1846 as an locomotive engine shed, the Roundhouse became a legendary art venue between the 1960s and the 1880s, hosting concerts of the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Peter Brook and Andy Warhol.

After years of closure due to a lack of funds, it was eventually bought by the visionary entrepreneur Torquil Norman in 1996. He set up a fund to bring the building back to life, founding a creative centre for young people. In order to celebrate the reopening (and its 160th anniversary), we were asked to design a book comprising a concise history of the Roundhouse.

With enough stories, images and curiosities available to write dozens of books, we worked closely with the writer and the picture researcher to edit the information into digestible 'chunks', focusing on the main events that marked the history of the venue and setting out its dreams for the future.

Client: Roundhouse
Designed at Atelier Works