Art Gallery and Bar, Bohemia Place, London


WAG are currently working on a concept and design for a combined bar and art space in and around some railway arches in Hackney Central. The scheme aims to integrate the experience of the architecture and physical space of the bar with a website/blog/chat and virtual art space, through a wireless and bluetooth active virtual communications and interface environment. The construction will use recycled materials where possible in the construction, working with artists coordinated by David Hees of the recycling arts collective Project 142.The roof collects rainwater for use in the bars’ toilets, and there will also be solar collectors located on the roof and south-facing wall for heating and energy generation. The client, Cem Gul, owns the local stone and mosaic wholesaler Artemis, who have supplied several WAG projects.The team behind the project aim to have the venue open by the end of 2007.Frontnightnew-1Aerialnightnew-1Frontaerialdaynew-3 Aerialnew-2 Frontaerialnightnew-2

7 Comments so far

  1. Dave Hees June 20th, 2007 11:16 pm

    Let me first say that the plans and the innovative eco-design features in this project are great. Me and some of my fellow students at Centre of Alternative Technology felt that the name did not do the place justice though.. so we had a little brainstorm.

    First we came up with the name ‘Bar Neutral’, but then we thought that was a bit flat, so someone came up with the name L.E.D., this would have direct reference to the l.e.d. feature on the front and you could mess around with the name and change it every now and again, like: ‘Low Emission Drinking’ or ‘Londons Eco Dive’, plus L.E.D. sounds pretty cool. What do you think?

  2. Cordula Weisser-Borel June 21st, 2007 5:27 pm

    I like it!

  3. scophy October 22nd, 2007 7:09 am

    sounds a bit too markety…guess if you’re going for the wanabe crowd, that’s alright…

  4. Benedict March 5th, 2008 6:04 pm

    Has the work started for this bar ? When will it be opened ? I dont see any activity at Units 6 – 7 Bohemia Place …

  5. Ben March 5th, 2008 6:06 pm

    when will this open?

  6. Benedict March 16th, 2008 4:52 pm

    When will this bar be opened i dont see any signs of development thus far ?

  7. jon goodbun March 17th, 2008 4:07 pm

    It is now being held up by the landlords Spacia. It is not clear how and when things will progress at this moment.
    However, WAG is now working on a speculative eco-masterplan for Hackney Central as a research project with some students at the University of Greenwich… this maybe will kickstart something bigger, and release some of the potential of this area for the local community…