Photography: Rory Gardiner
Location: South Bank, London
Architect: Norman Engleback, Ron Herron and Warren Chalk
The Hayward Gallery is an art gallery within the Southbank Centre, Europe’s largest art center with over six million visitors annually. The gallery does not house any permanent collections but hosts 3-6 temporary modern or contemporary exhibitions each year. It’s situated on the South Bank of the River Thames in central London. The gallery is named after Isaac Hayward, a former leader of the London County Council.
Map - London
Site Plan - 1. The River Thames 2. Queen Elizabeth Hall 3. Royal National Theatre 4. Waterloo Bridge 5. The Royal Festival Hall
2003 Entrance and oval pavillion by Haworth Tompkins architects.
One of the most interesting aspects of Brutalism, especially on the South Bank is the diffuse transition between building and city and between street, place and façade.
The buildings extend into platforms and walkways connecting different levels of the buildings and city to each other and plays with the transition between public and private.
Denys Lasdun who designed the National Theater another Brutalist icon on the South Bank explained how he looked at the building as an extension of the city. Aspiring for the building to provide the qualities of the urban space - streets on which to spontaneously meet - the square on which to stop and be for a while - buildings that provide spaces for human interaction. This view - on the building as more than just a façade towards the street – as an extension of the city – is as interesting today as then.
Overlooking the skate park