Gilbert McCarragher



Taigh Na Traigh, Scotland

Designed by Denizen Works, this family home on the Isle of Tiree on the west coast of Scotland sits high above the sea looking east towards the mainland over Mull. The agricultural relics which pepper the site drove the formal organisation of the house and in particular the ruins of the gabled byre.

Breda Courthouse, The Netherlands

Realised by the InBalans Consortium, the Breda Court of Justice, a collaboration between Hootsmans Architectuurbureau and SevilPeach, provides an open, inviting environment for visitors and court users, without diminishing the authoritative nature of the building.

Moritzkirche, Augsburg

Although I hadn’t visited Augsburg previously, on my first trip I felt I knew every inch of the church, having photographed an architectural model of it for John Pawson Architects some years earlier. Technically little had changed from that 1:25 scale model—though standing in front of the finished building, I came to realise I was no longer the giant... Now the building reached upward and beyond me, while the Saints, from their now elevated positions, gazed down at me and the world below.

On arriving at the church I was greeted by Father Helmut who, smiling, held a buttered salted pretzel for me in one hand and a set of keys to the church in the other. I set to work immediately photographing the space. At night, streetlight fell across the church windows, transforming the ceiling into a constellation of stars. As morning approached the streetlights switched off and the stars disappeared. The sun’s first beam of light pushed through the east window, cutting the darkness and illuminating the font. The water within took up the light and glistened.

Mole House, Hackney, London

Designed for contemporary London-based artist Sue Webster, architect David Adjaye’s conversion of the home previously occupied by the ‘Mole Man of Hackney’ adopts a strong, yet restricted, material palette to link the space with its authentic history.

Christopher Kane

Mount Street, London—home to Scottish fashion designer Christopher Kane’s first store. Formerly a day spa and beauticians, this cavernous corner building in Mayfair was, when I visited a year before it opened, a maze of tiny rooms and twisting corridors from which the light gradually withdrew. Remnants exfoliated from the building’s past life surrounded me.

A year later, the store had been completely transformed. Natural light, now nurtured, illuminated the store, allowing the space to breathe. A glowing totem light piece, hung full height between the two floors of the store, was made even more impressive by the staircase that spiralled around it.

Genesis Floating Church, East London

This wide-beam narrowboat, designed for the Diocese of London and crowned with an innovative pop-up roof, was designed with a bespoke and adaptable interior to accommodate a wide range of community activities and services.

100 Acre Wood, Dalmally, Scotland

Set within a stunning landscape overlooking Loch Awe, this new build family home designed by Denizen Works features a central hall space designed to accommodate an 18-ft Christmas tree and is the first building to be clad in recycled TV screens.

Victoria Beckham Store, London

Located within a three-storey Georgian townhouse on Dover Street, the expansive gallery-styled space of the Victoria Beckham flagship store, designed by architect Farshid Moussavi, brings together fashion and art — here, the stone sculptures of artist Emily Young.

Studio Wayne McGregor, Hackney Wick

Designed by We Not I, the home of multi-award winning choreographer Wayne McGregor CBE and his company of dancers comprises an inspiring collection of studios and functional work spaces.

St Paul’s Perspectives

Perspectives was conceived as a site-specific installation for the Geometric Staircase of St Paul’s Cathedral, as a part of the 2011 London Design Festival. A collaboration between the John Pawson office and Swarovski, I documented Perspectives from its creation to its installation in St Paul’s in a series of photographs and films.

Science+Industry Museum, Manchester

Architecture studio Carmody Groarke’s lower-level entrance and gallery space uses back-lit fibreglass panels to illuminate the historic structure of the museum’s 19th century New Warehouse building.

Black Kite

A creative studio completed by Bureau de Change, formed from a series of intersecting and carved-out cylinders.

Alexander McQueen

As a part of the run up to the opening of McQueen’s flagship store on Old Bond Street I was asked to document the creation of the plaster panels designed for the store’s walls—panels that have since become a signature element of every McQueen store throughout the world. In a workshop in East London I patiently watched as the panels took form, evolving from a series of initial concept sketches, then bright pink latex moulds, until the moment of the great reveal when the moulds were peeled back to expose the artistry encased inside.

My work with Alexander McQueen spans several years and includes photography of the flagship store on Old Bond Street, the men’s tailoring division on Savile Row, the McQ Store on Dover Street and the ongoing ArtBox projects curated by Sadie Coles HQ at McQueen Savile Row.


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