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The Vortex \

Part of Dalston Culture House

The Culture House is a special place developed by a unique partnership of the public, private and voluntary sector, that brought the world renowned Vortex Jazz Club to a new square in Hackney.

The arts centre was the third phase of a long term regeneration project in Gillett Square led by Adam Hart of Hackney Co-Operative Developments and Russell Brown. Later phases have included the creation of a new public square around the Culture House - the first of the former Mayor’s New Spaces for Londoners, and new media and live/ work studios.

The building uses an innovative combination of materials to change the nature of the venue's elevation from daylight, to dusk and into the night. The use of translucent polycarbonate glazing and fluorescent lights in different layers creates a 'beacon' that draws people into Gillett Square.

“It’s not a flashy showpiece project... But Dalston’s Culture House is exactly what inner-city London is crying out for.”

Jonathan Glancey, The Guardian

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