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Roundhouse 1846–2006
An exhibition to celebrate the rebirth of a legendary venue

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Originally built in 1846 as a locomotive engine shed, the Roundhouse became a legendary art venue between the 1960s and the 1980s, hosting the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Peter Brook and Andy Warhol.

After years of closure due to a lack of funds, it was in 1996 bought by the visionary entrepreneur Torquil Norman, who set up a fund to bring the building back to life, founding a creative centre for young people. We were asked to design an exhibition showcasing the history of the building and we soon saw a use for the long curving wall on its new atrium. The exhibition designed by us unfolded over two floors and focused on some of the key moments that made the Roundhouse the legend it has become. The last panel was designed to show the 360 founding members that sponsored the renovation of the centre by 'buying' one degree of the building circular structure each.

Client: Roundhouse
Designed at Atelier Works