New London Architecture

Culture Palace

Built

Acting as a temporary hub for local cultural & creative enterprises, Culture Palace unites Enfield's communities & demonstrates the role culture in the recovery & reinvention of the high street.

NEW LONDON AWARDS 2022

NEW LONDON AWARDS 2022

Shortlisted in the MEANWHILE category

D-P-Q developed Culture Palace as a meanwhile response to Enfield’s community need during Covid-19. This colourful hub activates a vacant retail unit at Palace Gardens Shopping Centre, providing a performance space, museum, bookshop, café and activity areas. D-P-Q worked with Stephen Barrett Studio on an engaging graphic identity to complement Culture Palace’s design, inspired by Enfield’s heritage of grand houses and gardens. 

Given budget and time limits, the innovative fit-out emphasises efficiency and flexibility. D-P-Q minimised shop modifications – focusing instead on improving services and developing well-designed, cost-effective furniture - while re-providing a retail offer to avoid change of use.

While the design supports each tenant’s needs, from storage to interactive displays, this low-tech approach means that they can also reconfigure the space themselves. By becoming a catalyst for collaboration, Culture Palace acts as a testbed for Enfield’s future cultural endeavours.

Vote for this project in the ‘People’s Choice Award’. The voting deadline is 1 November 2022.

Project information

Status

Built

Borough

Enfield

Size

300 sq m

Estimated completion

September 2021


Location

20 Palace Gardens, Royston SG8 5AD, UK


Team Credits

Client

London Borough of Enfield

Graphic Designer

Stephen Barrett Studio

Contractor

Crestel Projects

Furniture Fabricator

Arcola

Fire Consultant

William Martin Associates


Listed by

Dallas-Pierce-Quintero

Last updated on

27/06/2022


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