Chipperfield’s plan for Tracey Emin London house rejected

Emin house

Plans by David Chipperfield Architects’ for a new east London home and studio for British artist Tracey Emin have been refused planning permission for being too contemporary.

Chipperfield’s scheme, which proposed the demolition of a 1920s block to make way for a new five-storey building, was turned down by the development committee at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

The new brick development would have connected to Emin’s existing studio and residence, which occupies an adjacent Victorian building.


The East End Preservation Society called the proposal “very damaging”, while Save Britain’s Heritage claimed the demolition of the existing 1920s building would cause the area “substantial harm”.

“Officers have concluded that on balance the scheme would have a negative impact on the Artillery Passage Conservation Area, with its demolition of a locally listed building of both historic significance and aesthetic and townscape merit,” said planners.

Emin is one of a group called Young British Artists, which emerged in the late 1980s and also includes Damien Hirst. Among her most famous artworks are My Bed.

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