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The Tetley is a contemporary art gallery in the art deco headquarters of the former Tetley Brewery in central Leeds, with exhibitions, bar and dining. The ground floor is currently used as a welcome space, bar/cafe area, restaurant and small retail space. Our project aims to the Ground floor of the Tetley to increase revenue and create a contemporary, creative environment.

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Chin Yeung Jason C / Lingxi T / Lian L / Zhengyang Z / Yuxin J / Siqi G

Our MSA LIVE group is working in collaboration with The Tetley. The Tetley is a pioneering centre for contemporary art located in the stunning art deco headquarters of the former Tetley Brewery. From the heart of Leeds' South Bank, they create a platform for amazing emerging artists, present breathtaking free exhibitions and help communities and young people in Leeds find their creative voice.

Their 1930s building was transformed in 2013 to house unique gallery spaces, a learning studio for our award-winning participation programme, an artist residency studio, offices for creative businesses, a busy Bar & Kitchen and welcoming spaces for meetings and events, from performances and parties, to conferences and meetings. For artists, they are mentors and champions, providing support, investment and development time and space. To the public and our communities, they are a destination to explore new and exciting works, enjoy great food and take part in workshops, talks and events. Over 120,000 people each year visit the Tetley to discover, create, relax and learn. The Tetley is supported by Arts Council England, Carlsberg UK, Leeds City Council, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation.

Samantha Fish
Head of Commercial & Visitor Experience


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Posted 1 Mar 2021 15:09
In our MSA LIVE group, we provide practical architectural software technology. At the same time, we can give full play to our imagination and creativity, and actively express ideas. In addition, we encourage teamwork and enrich our own skills in the process of cooperating with others. Regular presentations are also a great opportunity to present your ideas and results to others.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 15:47
Hi there, this is Siqi from Atelier USE. After graduated from the University of Liverpool I spent a year in Sheppard Robson LLP doing plenty of Commercial projects. Now I am just fond of everything that's not Architecture. Looking forward to working with passionate and energetic partners.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 15:53
Hi there, this is Yuxin from Atelier CiA. About architecture, I'm good at Sketch up, PS and making models. Although eating and sleeping are my favorite choices, I like travelling and taking photos in my free time.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 16:17
Hi there, this is Zhengyang from Atelier &rchitecture. I have several years of working experience in China and have been involved in many projects, including educational, commercial, large comprehensive laboratories, etc. My interests are hiking and photography. I am very happy to communicate with you!
Posted 1 Mar 2021 16:22
Hi there, this is Lian from Atelier USE. In terms of architecture, I'm good at Hand-drawing, PS and Sketch Up. I worked in China for 3 years in China Coal Technology Engineering Group Chongqing Design Institute.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 16:25
Hi there, this is Lingxi from Atelier USE. In 2020, I completed my bachelor's degree in architecture degree and law at Dalian University. I like movies and photography. Looking forward to finishing this interesting project with you.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 16:53
Hi there, this is Jason from Atelier CPU AI ! I have worked on several residential, mixed-use and commercial projects during my year-out, and I am particularly interested in the relationship between public space and political resistance.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 18:22
With the significant social and industrial importance of the site, the Tetley has been acting as a cultural hub for exploration and social interaction. Over 120,000 people visit the Tetley every year and we strongly believe every person deserves to explore their cultural potential and has access to creative learning regardless of their background and generation.

Rethinking the use of space of the Tetley’s ground floor means enhancing and creating a more flexible, creative and contemporary environment, for the community to experience art, culture and the brewery history of the Tetley. Better spatial quality and arrangement of the ground floor provides opportunities to support more emerging artists, a platform for holding a variety of free exhibitions, family art workshops and local events.

This project also aims at increasing the revenue that goes to the charity, Project Space Leeds by incorporating the bar, restaurant and shop area and by creating a sociable place of leisure and relaxation that improve the quality of life of the community.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 18:23
It is an honour to announce our guest talk, with Jee Liu, co-founder of WallaceLiu, an architecture and landscape design company with an international reputation for its innovative and creative approach to the adaptive reuse of buildings and landscapes.
Posted 4 May 2021 19:11
On the first day of the task, each student was asked to follow the Tetley space, choose an identity, and create a story that told the exhibition and experience associated with the Ground Floor of Tetley. The students used different ways to express their creations.

Day One Task: Story Creation-Experience in the Tetley

Family (Story written by Daria-Ioana Teodorescu)
From the very beginning,right after entering the Tetley, you are introduced to a small part of the building s history,through the memorial located on the right side of the building and also through the architectural style of the elevator and the stairs which remained intact through all these years.The whole place conveys the atmosphere which is preserved until this day- authentic,artistic and,at the same time,cooperative.The place contains spaces that can create connections between people,can make them more involved and engaged in the process.The restaurant,bar and terrace located on the ground floor near the reception area and lobby, represent spaces where people can relax,disconnect from their daily lives and enjoy the beautiful historical environment that surrounds them.Also,the open terrace offers visitors the chance to take a breath of fresh air and connect with the external surroundings.In the middle of the ground floor area,there is the athrium-an open space part of the building at the top of which there are placed windows,which allows the natural light to come in during the day and bright up the space,also contribuing to the atmosphere and the vibe of the internal environment.The athrium area continues with the next three floors,on which exhibitions containing modern art are located.Those spaces have the purpose of educating people about the gallery s activity and also introduce this beautiful way of expressing themselves-through art.The vintage internal environment kept until this day within the building educates young people to preserve the beautiful heritage left by their ancestors and encourages them to do the same.The building itself is a historical treasure for the community and, at the same time, a place that has the ability to establish a powerful connection with each person that steps inside.

Children (Story written by Cheng Peng)
Walking in the Tetley is an interesting experience. The space here is Tetley allows me to explore and wondering around, where I pass by many interesting modern art installations. The open kitchen in the restaurant provided a chance for parents and children to cook and enjoy their food together. It was lucky to have suitable chairs and desks for my size in the restaurant, so I won’t have to site on my parents’ knees and waiting to be feed. There are some rides provided for kids in the corner of the lobby. While waiting for my parents who enjoy art shows upstairs, I stayed in the area and play with the rides. I come across some new friends who also stay there.

Artist (Story written by Lewis Burford)
My time at the Tetley is spent engaging the public with any subject through any medium. The space allows for the translation of the intangible into tangible form, acting as a canvas for my work, a stage upon which stories can be told. It is not an empty space, but a flexible one, one whose qualities can and will be transformed at will, to create any kind of space as required, whether varying by form, light, or colour.

Elderly (Story written by Iva Velichkova)
Out again, on another adventure to the Tetley. An ever-changing familiar place. When approaching, it is as if not much has changed from what I recall in my early days. The history of the place still written on the front door and my attention immediately grabbed, yet again, by the details on the elevator and the staircase.
Passing through my memories and the ground floor foyer I go up into the unknown spaces. Unknown, simply because of the constantly renewed reality of the same upper floors. There, in every visit of mine, I find myself in a different actuality of new art. I would compare it to going on an adventure, not knowing what I will find. Perhaps something peculiar?
After my occasional adventures on the upper floors of the Tetley, I always go back to the ground, where I immerse myself in the warm atmosphere, the restaurant, or even the bar. That is where I conclude almost all of my Tetley walks, in the comforting past and the fresh air of the present outside.

Posted 11 May 2021 17:14
Origin and The Future of The Tetley

The Tetley name represents one of Leeds' oldest brewing dynasties, synonymous with the city for over 200 years. Our site has important social and industrial significance, with the brewery and employees greatly contributing to Leeds' rich history.

Tetley's brewery was founded by Joshua Tetley in 1822, when he bought a brewery on the site for £400. In 1839, he made his son, Francis William a partner, creating Joshua Tetley and Son. Construction of a new brewery began in 1852 and by 1860 Tetley was the largest brewery in the North of England. By 1875, annual beer production had reached 171,500 barrels.

In 1931 the art deco Tetley headquarters building was erected. In April 1960 Tetley's took over Leeds' Melbourne Brewery and in 1961 it merged with Ind Coope of Burton upon Trent and Ansells of Birmingham, forming Allied Breweries. Allied Breweries was the world's largest brewing conglomerate, with the Leeds site employing 1000 people. In the 1980s Tetley's became the world's largest producer of cask ale, and was taken over by Carlsberg in 1998.

The Leeds brewery was closed in 2011 and demolished in 2012, with production contracted out to other UK Carlsberg breweries. Tetley's retains its Leeds connections through the No.3 Pale Ale, brewed again in Leeds and recreated from the 1868 recipe – using the same unique double strain of yeast, with distinctive taste.

The Tetley was refurbished by Chetwoods Architects in 2013 into a unique gallery space, a learning studio, an artist residency studio, offices for creative businesses, a busy Bar & Kitchen and welcoming spaces for meetings and events, from performances and parties, to conferences and meetings.

In 2017, The Tetley becomes part of a large scale redevelopment scheme in South Bank Leeds that supports the expansion of the city core, provides a vital link connecting the city centre and the creative neighbourhood, through to the education district and the communities to the south.
Posted 11 May 2021 17:33
Existing Ground Floor Plan of The Tetley:

Our brief for this project
1. Incorporating bar, restaurant and shop areas to create a vibrant and sociable space.
2. Maintaining a large event space for weddings, exhibitions and events
3. Providing a child-friendly and accessible environment

In order to create a flexible and fluid space, it is important to first understand the spatial relationship between different functions and limitations of the space, especially when large-scale demolition or addition is not possible

Posted 11 May 2021 17:48
We had an excellent field trip to Tetley, Leeds. We've been able to identify the interesting historical art deco element on the site, and from there we can then develop our scheme.
Posted 11 May 2021 18:46
Welcoming new members of our team! We are excited to introduce the BA1 and BA2 students who join us in our project. They are:

Iva Velichkova (BA 2)
Tian Yilan (BA 2)
Lewis Burford (BA 1)
Cheng Peng (BA 1)
Ethan Hadfield (BA 1)
Daria-Ioana Teodorescu (BA 1)
Abigail Thompson (BA 1)

Posted 11 May 2021 19:21
This is the social media account of Mixed Space, please follow it!!
We'll post more about the event here!
Posted 11 May 2021 20:45
Today we had a lecture about comics and architecture. The lecture starts from the difference of closure in comics to the history of comics-related to architecture. This lecture aims to provide another view for BA participants to explore their stories with certain technics. Make their drawings more coherent and stand out.
Posted 11 May 2021 23:29
BA students do some case study and share their ideas about space design for different groups.
Posted 12 May 2021 10:47
Great lecture from Wallaceliu!
They described in detail the design and construction process of Chongqing Industrial Museum. And they answered a lot of questions for our group. Thanks a lot!
If you are interested in Wallaceliu, please visit the website:
Posted 12 May 2021 11:40
In the first day we organized a game called ice breaking game - Kahoot! The game is about some important information relating to Tetley. Everyone had a very good performance! This is our honorable ranking! Cheers!
Posted 12 May 2021 12:41
Day 3 Task: Concept Spatial Design for Tetley
The students designed a more suitable space for the elder people to stay, relax and communicate, while also making the spatial accessibility within the Tetley more comfortable for the elderly. Here are the sketches and renderings that the students designed.
Posted 13 May 2021 11:17
Inspiration From Our Guest Speaker: Jee Liu and Jamie Wallace (Wallace Liu)

Wallace Liu has introduced their adaptive reuse project in Chongqing, China, a building that has been created amongst the remaining structures of a former steel factory. We are inspired by them and found some of the ideas and concepts that are relevant or can be applied to our scheme!

For more detail about the building please visit:

Questions from students:

Question 01: “Such an exhibition, how do you create a movement order for the users to prevent visitors from getting lost in such big space but at the same they don’t feel restricted in your exhibition space?

Question 02: In this project, did you do anything to strengthen the existing columns to support the new steel structure as the columns seem to be deteriorating and in worst condition?

Question 03: Is there any particular reason for using perforated metal panel for the facade? Why not other material like polycarbonate? Is the facade for ventilation, solar shading or simply aesthetic reason?

Question 04: Our project is at the Tetley in Leeds, a former brewery factory, any suggestion on how to deal with the historical background when you reuse it?

Question 05: There are some industrial and architectural heritage conservation projects that are not successful in China, a country that is heavily influenced by commercialisation, but your design has greatly integrated between two, how do you conserve the historical and cultural values of a building with the prevalent trend of commercialisation?
Posted 13 May 2021 13:52
Here is a brain-stream of the route and space for artists, which is designed by BA student, Lewis Burford.
Posted 13 May 2021 14:40
Day 3: Creating a flexible and fluid space from the perspective of a family:

BA students have come up with several concept drawings, imagining how a family would use the Tetley's ground floor in the future, based on the case studies they have researched. Access, circulation, functions and spatial relationship have been analysed.
Posted 13 May 2021 19:17
DAY 3: Create a space for children in THE TETLEY
Everyone is creative today, and someone is paying attention to children!
It's so exciting!
Children will finally have their own space in The Tetley.
Let's see how it goes!
Posted 13 May 2021 23:00
Key Components of Cooperative Discussing
1. Individual accountability to maintain student responsibility and behaviour
2. Engagement and outcomes
3. Positive interdependence relating to each group member learning to depend on the rest of the group while working with others to complete the task
4. Positive face-to-face interactions involved with listening, encouraging shared decision-making, personal responsibilities and teaching how to give and receive feedback
5. Group processing to allow time for the team to discuss how well the group achieved their goal and maintained an effective working relationship

In this session, BA students are broken into groups of 3-4 and we place MIRO BOARD to let them share the ideas, related to their certain stories. Each group starts at a different scheme and is given a different way to show with. This strategy is useful because it causes students to work together in their groups but also within the whole team. It helps to hold all students accountable because they have to draw their ideas down and help their group members who are struggling to come up with something to write.
BA students showed great enthusiasm and creativity. Unlike the previous few days, everyone was more familiar with each other and the team was communicating more smoothly. Even with computer screens in the way, all the team are still full of energy.
Posted 13 May 2021 23:20
Day 4: combining the concept and stories of each member in group 1, they sketched the new ground floor plan, and have an initial idea about how to separate space and what people can do in different areas.
Posted 14 May 2021 11:04
Day 4 Task:
In the fourth day of the task, the students were required, working in small groups, to integrate the stories created and the initial space design, and then to develop the specific space design of Tetley. The group 2 replanned the ground floor plan and extended the design to the outside, extending the space layout outwardly. Here are the results of the students.
Posted 14 May 2021 12:53
Imagine a space with different users and users in different spaces. This is our origional intention when starting the journey with Tetley. during the last three days, BA students were asked to find the identities of different users to Tetley, explore their activities in the space and test their stories with the Tetley building.
Posted 14 May 2021 13:35
Day 5 Task:
On the fifth day the students were asked to further develop the design of the Tetley space based on their own design ideas of the previous days. The students in Group 1 designed the roof greenery, expanded the outdoor green space and created some sensory gardens incorporating the landscape, while replanning the interior Spaces of the Tetley.
Posted 15 May 2021 16:27
Day 5 Task:
On the fifth day, all the students were asked to further develop the design of the Tetley space based on their own design ideas of the previous days. The students in the second group adjusted the plan and the plan and drew a great perspective of the Tetley.
Posted 17 May 2021 11:22
Greetings, have a look at our session plan of this week. We are going to meet our collaborators to review our progress from last week and carry on towards our final submission
Posted 17 May 2021 11:41
Exciting development!
Group 2 made good progress today by bringing a larger restaurant to The Tetley and combining Reception, Exhibition and Shop Area to create a more flexible and diverse space.
Let's see what wonderful changes they can bring to this space.
Posted 18 May 2021 10:35
We presented two new schemes with external partners! The BA students were divided into two groups to present their plans. Got the partner positive feedback and evaluation! A pleasant meeting!
Posted 18 May 2021 11:53
DAY 6 Task:
Well development!
Group 1 made a good progress today by adding a sensory garden to The Tetley and reorganizing existing plan, designing a roof activity space in order to create a more flexible and diverse area to The Tetley.
Here is their achievement for today's session.
Posted 18 May 2021 12:15
Day 6: A step closer to our final design!

After getting feedback from the Tetley, we have decided to combine BA students' brilliant and ambitious ideas! Details are as follows.

1. Adding an extension and sensory garden to the existing building.
2.Refurbishing and utilising the roof of the restaurant
3.Expanding the restaurant, bar and kitchen
4. Adding exhibition space and children play area
5. Designing a flexible event space with removable walls
6. Relocating the storage, exhibition shelf, shop and bar.
Posted 18 May 2021 12:26
We have a meeting with our client, Sam. BA students show their design work and share their ideas. Then, Sam gives some feedback of the project and comes up with more details about the work.
Posted 18 May 2021 19:04
Day 8: MA students give some advice to BA students and answer the questions of learning skills and using softwares, including CAD, PS, ID, SU and hand sketching. Through the sharing screen, students can see how to use such softwares clearly. From this section, both BA and MA students make a grogress of using software in the future.
Posted 20 May 2021 11:49
We created a perfect roof garden for The Tetley. More leisure space is provided for the guests. At the same time, it also creates a more interesting experience for guests on the ground floor of The Tetley.
Posted 20 May 2021 14:00
Day 9 & 10: Finalizing The Ground Floor Plan of the Tetley

What we have changed?
1. Relocating the reception to the left of the main entrance.
2. Adding a children playground.
3. Creating a more flexible and fluid event space by relocating the storage area and using movable walls to create different journeys for visitors.
4. Replacing the existing bar with shop and small exhibition space
5. Making the David Oluwale Room more transparent and accessible, connecting the restaurant and the lobby.
6. Corporating and expanding the bar and restaurant by constructing a new extension to the Tetley.
7. Designing a sensory garden that consolidate the circulation of the whole building, providing a more relaxing environment for visitors.
8. Utilising the roof of the restaurant as a space for gardening and farming.
Posted 21 May 2021 22:22
Day 9&10: Sensory Garden

The Sensory Garden is located at the front of the Tetley. We have designed a space that incorporates sight, sound, smell, and touch. A winding path offers different routes for visitors to explore. A sensory wall offers a place for children to make noise and play. The space for a mosaic wall or art installation transfers the art from indoors to outdoors. Plants such as lavender, orange blossom and jasmine give the garden a scent that changes through the seasons. Raised planter beds and trees offer height and dimension to the landscape. Throughout the garden there are benches for visitors to relax. Other spaces are more secluded and quieter – where users can reflect in the garden.
Posted 21 May 2021 22:24
Day 9&10: Children Playground, Shop & Small Exhibition

Children Playground: By relocating the reception to the left of the main entrance, there will be more spaces to accommodate a children playground. The main idea is to provide a children-friendly environment as we can foresee more family workshop and activities will be taken place in the Tetley. By making this area one of the focal points of the ground floor, it allows parents/guardians to sit around and monitor their children more easily.

Shop & Small Exhibition: Existing bar area has been replaced by the shop and small exhibition space. For the small exhibition space, there will be temporarily artwork showcasing with additional seatings. For the shop, we have created a space for selling artists' works and different materials for creating art.

Posted 21 May 2021 22:24
Day 9&10: David Oluwale Room

David Oluwale Room: Existing David Oluwale Room is refurbished with a contemporary language, with glazed sliding doors, new furnitures and interior design, connecting the lobby area to the restaurant visually and physically. In general, this room acts as a multi-function room for meeting and dining.
Posted 21 May 2021 22:25
Day 9&10: Event Space

Event Space: In order to accommodate more functions and activities in the future event space, movable walls are used to separate functions in normal days, allowing the Tetley to create a designated journey for visitors. In this scheme, we have provided a screening area, workspace, leisure area and visual deception space. When there are large events like wedding and private party, the partition wall can be detached from the columns and stored in the enlarged storage room.
Posted 21 May 2021 22:25
Day 9&10: Extension Area & Roof Refurbishment

Due to limited space on the ground floor, we have pushed the boundary outward, adding an extension area to the Tetley building. This extension allows expansion of the restaurant and bars, serving as a new entrance, a transition zone that connects the outdoor and indoor, the ground floor and the roof. The existing roof has been utilised as a space for roof gardening and farming, offering an unblocked viewpoint.
Posted 21 May 2021 22:27

The layout of the original restaurant space is not reasonable, and the arrangement of tables and chairs cannot accommodate customers to the maximum. The line between the bar area and the restaurant is somewhat blurred. Through the rearrangement of tables and chairs, the space style becomes more lively by adding green plants. On the other hand, the bar has added some island table Settings to better serve customers.
Posted 21 May 2021 23:40