Oliver Malingue Gallery, Mayfair, London

In early Summer 2016, Ganter were approached by Belgian architect Francois Marcq, who had been appointed by Olivier Malingue to create a new gallery space in the heart of London.

Son of the Parisian gallerist Daniel Malingue, and brother of Edouard, who has a gallery in Hong Kong, Olivier planned to set up his own gallery in London specialising in Modern Art, specifically post war, and select Contemporary art.

With a long, low space already selected, the task for all parties was to create the perfect environment to display iconic pieces of art without distraction from the surrounding environment. The added pressure of working in a listed building in London meant that both client and architect were keen to use a locally based contractor with experience of such challenges.

Francios Marcq contacted Ganter thanks to positive experiences on other sites in Europe, and based upon the belief that a contractor with such a strong retail background might be able to improve upon the long time-lines quoted by the specialist gallery contractor who had already quoted for the works.

Following a detailed tender, and consultation regarding timeline and planning constraints, Ganter were appointed as main contractor, with ÜberRaum Architects as local architect and as principal designer. Demolition work started on site in May 2016 and stood completed in September the same year.

The space totalled 180sq.m and required a complete strip-out before any other works could commence. Due to the listed façade of the building, all materials from the existing walls, ceiling, HVAC, electrical, lighting etc. had to be removed by hand through down the main staircase and through the front door.

Once stripped out, the installation included the following aspects:

  • Contractor-designed ventilation, with special consideration for humidity control requiring specialist components.
  • Erco lighting scheme, to the architect’s design.
  • High specification security system, including RC5 doors, to the insurers specification.
  • Dry-lining of the entire space, with hidden sliding doors to all offices.
  • Installation of fixtures from the client’s pre-selected Belgian manufacturer.
  • Manufacture and installation of other items, including concrete furniture and a new kitchen.
  • Installation of a new micro-concrete floor, which required the full 180sq.m. to be poured in one session to avoid visible joints.
  • Decoration of the space to the most exacting standards.

Following some specification changes throughout the project, handover took place in September 2016, and the Grand Opening was held on 5 October.

The Gallery opened with the first solo exhibition in Europe of seminal Korean artist Cho Yong-Ik, featuring a select number of works from each decade of his career. As the creator of such a well-received space we at Ganter were fortunate to be invited to the opening night, and it was a genuine pleasure to see the Gallery in use and getting such positive feedback from its target audience.

Since then, the Gallery has hosted an exhibition entitled ‘From Picabia to Picasso: A selection of works by modern masters’, with works by Alexander Calder, Jean Dubuffet, Sam Francis, Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Laurens, Fernand Léger, Francis Picabia and Pablo Picasso.

And in another first, Olivier is currently presenting the first UK solo exhibition of Japanese artist Makoto Ofune. The exhibition is a survey of works produced over the past decade that combine traditional Japanese painting techniques with an abstract vocabulary. Relying heavily on the creation of an atmosphere that invites meditation, the versatility of the Gallery space is perfectly showcased with an incredible use of light to enhance the works.

The client remains delighted with the space, and is now a firm friend of the Ganter family. Even the coincidence of us being appointed to carry out noisy demolitions works in the store below has not yet soured our relationship.

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Oliver Malingue Gallery, Mayfair, London