Roche Cottage

Roche Court
The Design Gallery

Value: Withheld
Client: Lady Bessborough
Construction: 2018

The new gallery forms the fifth new building that the firm has worked on at Roche Court. The site, previously an agricultural outhouse, is set back slightly from the main Roche group of buildings. A small cottage adjacent to the site was refurbished several years ago by the firm and this has been incorporated into the new project. Much of the detailing from the original cottage refurb has been carried through to the new building which smooths the transition between the spaces.

The new building is on three main levels to fit into the site and since only one storey the roof construction is on show and simply painted white. Floors are oak and large steel pivot windows are painted matt red.

Gallery and studio, Hampshire

Value: Withheld
Client: Private
Construction 2019

This new private gallery is an addition to an existing substantial brick house and estate. The owners have a substantial collection of modern art and needed a space where this could be shown. In Addition the space would act as a study and retreat from the main house.

The gallery is formed by two pitched roof volumes and a glazed link with oak doors leading to the new courtyard. The materials are brick glass and oak.

The studio space is for visiting artists who will be able to work and live in the space.

The building is formed from two skins, an outer formed in woven hazel an inner in blockwork with the gap between being used for ventilation. The intention was very much to form an abstract sculptural volume.

Cristea Roberts Gallery

Pall Mall, London

Cristea Roberts Gallery is one of London’s most respected gallery owners who has a reputation for producing and showing over the years a consistently high quality of exhibition material as well as beautifully written and illustrated catalogues. The gallery works with the best modern artists working in the world today as well as holding material produced by artist in the past, these primarily being in print format.

The new site for the gallery in Pall Mall, had to be large enough for the many activities a modern commercial gallery has to carry out – exhibitions admin/directing, crating distribution, etc. and is unusual being on two levels. Exhibitions occur at ground and lower ground level, with a link through to the admin/directors offices, sales and back of house. The gallery is purposefully left neutral in colour and material with good lighting and a beautiful floor, whilst the office areas are warmer with oak shelves and sisal carpets.

It was important that there was a continuity from the gallery spaces through to the office/client areas and this was done by extending the exhibition standard lighting on tracks through to office/meeting spaces. These have now become small beautiful galleries in there own right giving a wonderful flow of art on display throughout the entire project.

Auckland Castle

Auckland Castle Gallery/Museum

SMA were shortlisted with Donald Insall Associates to prepare a design for the re-use of Auckland Castle as an art gallery for religious 16th Century painting and a museum setting out the history of faith in the British Isles. The concept involved the creation of a new building below a tilted lawn that would contain the new galleries.

Artists House Gallery

Value: £200,000
Client: Lady Bessborough
Construction: 2000 – 2001
Munkenbeck+Marshall project, Stephen Marshall Partner in charge

The Artists House is an addition to the Roche Court Gallery where art can be displayed in a domestic context. It is an idealised living environment, which will in truth be rarely used for actual accommodation although it provides amenities for visitors. The house is located to make a new courtyard behind the listed house. The courts and house will be used for the display of sculpture, paintings and drawings. Click here to visit The New Art Centre Roche Court website.

Gallery in South London

The project involved the creation of a 35,000sq.ft. underground gallery set within the garden of a substantial modern house in south London.

The space was lit by large ‘lawn level’ skylights. Natural materials are adopted with plaster walls and microscreed floors.

Jerwood Sculpture Gallery

Value: withheld
Client: withheld
Construction: June 2008
Munkenbeck+Marshall project, Stephen Marshall Partner in charge

The Gallery is formed within a stable building within the Grade 1 listed Ragley Hall. The stables have been left intact but ‘blacked out’ to leave the plinths and sculpture in sharp contrast. Central to the space is a substantial set of mirrors set within a floating ceiling cloud. These allow visitors to view specific works whilst being part of the overall space.

Roche Court Glass Cube

Value: £withheld
Client: withheld
Construction: May 2008

A simple and effective solution to quite a complex brief, adding a cubic space to allow the kitchen to expand and create a new dining room to the rear of the main house. The New Art Centre has become renowned for its generous weekend exhibition openings that provide lunch for the three or four hundred guests – many of them travelling from London on chartered buses. It became vital to make the existing kitchen more efficient so a glazed ‘dining cube’ was added within the courtyard.

The cube is particularly elegant as the glass glides past the rendered frame of the building, making it appear as though there is no glass and the inside/outside sensation is maximised. The signature tall timber doors are oak with visible bracing and the floor is rendered. The roof is largely glass. The glass walls appear to rise out of flint filed channels.

Click here to visit The New Art Centre Roche Court website.

Roche Court Sculpture Gallery

Value: £100,000
Client: Lady Bessborough
Construction: 1998
Munkenbeck+Marshall project, Stephen Marshall Partner in charge

Commissioned when Madeleine Ponsonby, Countess of Bessborough decided to move her London Gallery to her family home, this sculpture gallery links the main house and the orangery along an existing garden wall. It was conceived as a seamless connection not only between these two buildings but also between inside and out, allowing a clear dialogue between garden sculpture and gallery sculpture.

The project was awarded the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Award in 1999 as well as AIA, Civic Trust, RFAC building of the year and Aluminium Commendations. Click here to visit The New Art Centre Roche Court website.



St. James Gallery

The client – the owner of the Westwell Barn project – has been an art dealer and consultant since 1969. Originally located on Bruton Street, the new gallery and offices are now located on the first floor of a fine Victorian building at the top of St James’s Street.

Thomas Gibson specialises in Impressionist and international contemporary paintings, with artists including Frank Aurbach, Francis Bacon and Peter Blake. To visually soften the spaces a series of screens run along all external walls reducing the different sized window openings to a soft translucent glow. The brief asked for a painting gallery, private viewing room, director’s studios and offices. Many interior details are customised – doors, wide plank floor and lighting coves. The intention being to transform what was a standard office floor into a rather fabulous space with residential character.

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