Arundel Great Court was an immense Brutalist mixed use complex of offices and hotel designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd & Partners and built from 1971-6 running from the Embankment all the way up to the Strand. At its heart was a courtyard, originally proposed to be opened to the public, but was closed off long ago. While the south end has been demolished to make way for a new residential and hotel development designed by Horden Cherry Lee Architects, the north end remains, its gables boarded up, its interiors stripped out and with a new lease of life as The Store at 180 Strand, a new creative and arts venue for London, housing artists’ studios and large exhibition and events areas which reinforces the growing reputation of this new creative and arts quarter around the Aldwych.
The new home of London Fashion Week in September and, as Frieze opened in Regent’s Park, The Store opened “Everything At Once” an art exhibition curated in partnership between The Vinyl Factory and the Lisson Gallery, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
The exhibition is focused around a stellar cast of contemporary artists who the Lisson Gallery has exhibited in its spaces near Edgware Road including Ai Weiwei, Ryan Gander, Tony Cragg, Julian Opie, Anish Kapoor, Richard Long and Susan Hiller, some housed in dark spaces within the deep recesses of the building, especially good for digital and light works and located in conjunction with views out to the building work going on outside, all within the stripped-bare interiors of the former office space, which has become the new 21st century aesthetic for contemporary art shows.