Social enterprise Café Van Gogh in Brixton, south west London has reopened its doors following a pro-bono redesign by Formation Architects.   

The not-for profit vegan café works in conjunction with three charities to run a programme of on-the-job training for people with additional challenges in life, such as a learning disability or a mental health problem and provides them with the support and confidence to seek paid employment. The café aspires to be zero waste. 

Formation Architects has been long-term supporter of the project by:  

  • developing a concept design to refurbish their café and kitchen space to enable them to provide for more training opportunities.   
  • creating concept designs that formed part of the crowdfunding campaign to fund the building works.  
  • hosting a design workshop with 10 local school children with special educational needs who were undertaking work experience in the café to learn how the design will affect their work. Some of their floor plan ideas were incorporated in the final design.  
  • we also organised careers workshop to inspire local children to understand more about the role of an architect. 

Chloe Hand from Formation Architects said: “It’s been great to support Café Van Gogh because they provide vital support to our local community, which we feel really passionate aboutWe have been a small part of a host of businesses and individuals who helped pull together the concept, crowdfunding campaign and then the build which in turn will enable the café to have an even greater reach in our community. 

Café Van Gogh can be found at 88 Brixton Road, LondonSW9 6BE