Arc House & Lowlands Park

Arc House and its landscape setting of the reworked Lowlands Recreation Ground, bring both an exciting new cultural venue, and valuable green space to Harrow town centre.

The new building gives focus to this previously neglected park, able to host chamber events and performances from within its equipped theatre space, or larger performances on the external stage addressing the landscape amphitheatre. 

The theatre and café connect to the landscape through generous openings onto the space of the park and the new tree-lined ‘boulevard’ for commuters using Harrow on the Hill station. Supergraphics and a decorative cladding of red panels behind Douglas Fir timbers animate the building's simple form, their indented pattern recalling the decorative brickwork of Harrow on the hill’s grand houses.

Eighty new trees were planted, to bring to life this contemporary ‘Metroland’, a respite for the traveller emerging from the tube into a leafy landscape. In time the café will make use of fruit grown on-site.

I am sure this is going to be a fantastic legacy for London

Mark Billington, head of economic development, Harrow Council

It's a fantastic space for the residents of Harrow to use, and more groups should be encouraged to use the facilities and that fantastic stage

Hill Players Theatre group

Awards & Publications

  1. Shortlisted: New London Architecture Award - Public Space
  2. Shortlisted: Building Design Public Realm / Masterplan Architect of the Year
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  1. Client: London Borough of Harrow
  2. Related projects: Tottenham Green, Chandos East , Bartlett Park