Appointed to create a seminal live music venue KOKO , Archer Humphryes have been leading the major £40million state-of-the-art transformation of the historic listed theatre hall. Reopening next year - it will be a world-class music and hospitality destination like nowhere else globally. Beginning in 2015 on the architectural transformation, Archer Humphryes amalgamated several buildings into a singular site, creating an entire new rooftop area, six live performance areas, a radio station, broadcasting studio, three new restaurants, a rooftop conservatory and terrace, an immersive retail experience and a penthouse space where artists can rehearse and record music.
Adding more than 20,000sqft of new spaces to the existing site and retaining the main venue’s intimate 1,500 person capacity was the essence of the project. Transformation of the architecture will position KOKO as London's newest and most innovative multi-media venue, creating a social destination where high-quality music, food, entertainment, and hospitality come together in ways never seen before.
KOKO has hosted some of the most important live music moments in recent years, including career-defining album launches from Coldplay and seminal performances from Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Amy Winehouse, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Dua Lipa and many other world-renowned artists. Previously, as the Camden Hippodrome, the venue famously hosted shows by The Rolling Stones, The Clash, Prince and Madonna’s first ever UK solo show. As reported “KOKO’s major reconfiguration comes in the wake of a changing climate in gig culture, which has seen a large number of small independent venues closing or being sold to large corporate organisations.”
By radically reimagining what KOKO will be - Archer Humphryes are assisting protection of culture, helping Camden and London for the future.
Role: Lead Architect & Interior Architect