After months of whispers, news has broken today of the arrival of London’s very own House of Vans next month.
Incorporating a music venue, art gallery, artist studios, a café, a cinema and London’s only permanent indoor skatepark, the House of Vans will take up residency in the Old Vic Tunnels beneath Waterloo Station from the 9th August with 3,000 square metres to play with.
The venue’s various tunnels will each contain different aspects of this multi-functional space. Tunnels 4 and 5 house the skatepark – a combination of street course and mini ramp designed for all abilities and and the impressive concrete bowl you can see being formed in the pictures below, an ode to Vans’ history in the backyard pools of California.
Tunnel 3 will form the 850 capacity music venue which will play host to a number of bands and artists from Vans’ huge roster of associated acts. The venue also promises to be wholly interactive with mention of live streams and crowd-sourced event curation, and of course completely free. The second tunnel will comprise of four studios for both emerging and established artists and be a space for workshops and art exhibitions that will run throughout the tenancy, and a 100 seat cinema that will host screenings, premiers and webcasts. There will also be a café and bars located throughout the combined tunnels so there’ll be plenty to explore and something for everyone to enjoy.
Having only been able to watch the House of Vans Brooklyn from a far, we’re hugely excited that Vans has chosen London as the next location and look forward to hearing more about the individual events that will take place inside. The preview images below will give you an idea of what to expect, but the space already looks impressive.
Stay locked for more news in the run up to the opening on August 9th and keep an eye on House of Vans as the clock counts down.