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Tony Fretton - TFA

Tony Fretton - TFA

Tony Fretton Architects was founded in 1982 and is now headed by partners Tony Fretton and James McKinney.
The buildings completed by the practice in London for the Lisson Gallery in 1986 and 1992 continue to be internationally recognised as exemplary spaces for art, for the architectural experiences they offer and for their social engagement with the surrounding city. The three aspects: exemplary functioning, rewarding experience and productive engagement with the locale are the underlying motifs in all the subsequent work. Following the Lisson Gallery came a number of regional arts buildings that combine international quality art spaces with a strong social programme: Artsway centre for visual Arts in Sway Hampshire 1996; Quay Arts Centre for visual and performing arts in Newport Isle of Wight in 1998; Faith House, Holton Lee Centre for artists with disabilities in rural Dorset 2002; the gallery and store for the Arts Council Collection of Sculpture collection at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2003, and the Camden Arts Centre in London 2004, where the café and garden are established as place for sociability in the neighbourhood and London as a whole.

The practice’s work in the arts also extends beyond gallery buildings. Studios for artists have been realised at Artsway and Faith House, the house and studio for two artists in Clerkenwell 2005 and the studio for Brad Lochore in Shoreditch 2008. Houses for collectors and artists comprise the Red House (2001) and the House for Anish and Susanne Kapoor (2008), both in Chelsea London. Through the early international recognition of the Lisson Gallery, the practice has consistently been short-listed in competitions for prestigious projects such as the Laban Centre for Dance 1997, the new 200,000 square-metre headquarters for the Erste Bank Group in Vienna, Austria, 2008, Fuglsang Art Museum in Southern Denmark, construction of which was completed in 2008 and the new British Embassy in Warsaw, which will be completed in 2009. Now an extensive practice, Tony Fretton Architects are building across Europe: the new British Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, large scale apartment projects in the Netherlands, Tietgens Ærgrelse, a development which will complete a historic square in Copenhagen, Denmark.

An active writer and lecturer, Fretton is Professor, Chair of Architectural Design & Interiors at Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands and was Visiting Professor at EPFL Lausanne in 1996, the Berlage Institute Amsterdam 1997 and the Graduate School of Design, Harvard USA from 2004-2005.

MAJOR PROJECTS INCLUDE:
Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, Lolland, Denmark
New London House for Anish Kapoor, Chelsea
New British Embassy & Residence, Warsaw, Poland
Andreas Ensemble, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Tietgens Grund, Copenhagen, Denmark
Constantijn Huygensstraat, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Gershwin IV, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Shell Terrein Housing, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Vassall Rd, Brixton, London
Stroud Valley ArtSpace, Gloucestershire
House for Two Artists, Clerkenwell, London
Camden Arts Centre, London
Holton Lee Centre for Disability in the Arts, Poole, Dorset
The Red House, Chelsea, London
Two apartments, Lutkenieuwstraat, Groningen, The Netherlands
Quay Arts Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight
Visual Arts Centre, Sway, Hampshire
Lisson Gallery, Bell Street, London
Chapman Taylor 1978–1980
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commercial and residential projects in London
Neylan & Ungless 1975–1978
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400 houses for the London Borough of Southwark
Arup Associates London 1968–1969/1972–1975
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