Please upgrade your browser

For the best experience, you should upgrade your browser. Visit our accessibility page to view a list of supported browsers along with links to download the latest version.

Student Showcase Archive
Show RCA 2019

Kayla Shaw

Show RCA work

  • Thames Tiles

    Thames Tiles

  • Sequence


Major project:

Centre for the Artist

London has always been a haven for creative people. From painters and potters to blacksmiths and musicians, many famous creatives have once called London home. My project reimagines the stunning Grade II listed Lighthouse and Chainstore building as the Trinity Buoy Wharf Centre for the Artist.

Respecting the original intention of the building as a large flexible open space to store giant metal buoys through the use of industrial mechanics of the past, and containers and wooden pallets of the present to transform it into a flexible event space to exhibit and share the work created within this special community, and a bar and meeting space for its members.

Creating an interior where this unique community of creatives can share their work with a wider audience gives this site and its residents purpose along with the materiality that is chosen to build it. Responding to the local vernacular and activity of Trinity Buoy Wharf, the use of microalgae dyes (mimicking the algae brick walls on the Thames River), the washed up remnants on the shoreline to create a terrazzo style flooring as well as reusing a variety of shipping containers and crates to identify the spaces.

London's beacon of light will be in use once again and undoubtedly shine a light on all of the wonderful array of talent and activity Trinity Buoy Wharf has to offer.


  • Previous degrees

  • BA Art History, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA, 2011
Royal College of Art