'Bench 1' was commissioned by the New Art Centre in 2010 as a venue for the events organised by the Roche Court Educational Trust and especially for parties of school children; the inaugural occasion was a conversation between Mark Wallinger and Daphne Wright as part of the Salisbury International Arts Festival. Paloma Gormley and Lettice Drake read architecture at the University of Cambridge, and together with Henry Stringer they form Practice Architecture. Previous projects include Frank's Café (2009 and 2010), a provisional structure built on the roof of a ten-storey car park in Peckham as part 'Bold Tendencies 3 and 4'; and The New Gallery (2010), a conversion of an existing building in Camberwell into a gallery using mild steel, motorbike chain, lead, glass and birch plywood.
Practice Architecture have a hands on approach engaging with every stage of a project; inception, programme, design, construction and installation. The construction process, often with teams of volunteers, means the architecture has an integral relationship with how it was made and by whom.
'Bench 1' is available as a commission. The structure can seat 60 people. Please contact us for further information.