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Black Cultural Archives

The Black Cultural Archives is a national institution that collects, preserves and celebrates the heritage and history of black people in Britain.

The organisation has created a flexible and dynamic learning centre in a Grade II listed hall in Brixton. It is the first exhibition to bring together documents, publications, objects and oral histories of the black community in the UK over the centuries.

Max Fordham's strategy involved creating a climate-controlled environment. The chiller and air handling units serving the archive and exhibition spaces were located behind a raised parapet to comply with planning regulations.

Architect

Pringle Richards Sharratt Ltd

Value

£3.5M

Completion

2014

Client

Black Cultural Archives

Edmund Sumner & Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects Info
The warm, subtle exterior lighting signals a transformative cultural environment
Edmund Sumner & Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects Info
Discreet radiator grilles are integrated into the staircase in the glazed link.
Edmund Sumner & Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects Info
External lighting has been incorporated into the landscape and building facade
Edmund Sumner & Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects Info
A fan coil unit, visible on the left, helps moderate interior temperatures

The Black Cultural Archives are a vibrant expression of the fight for equality in Britain

Image: Edmund Sumner & Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects

Architect

Pringle Richards Sharratt Ltd

Value

£3.5M

Completion

2014

Client

Black Cultural Archives

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