By Abigail Yue Wang
House of Vans London brings back the tunnels of art, cinema, music and street culture on August 9th, 2014.
After establishing its Brooklyn site, House of Vans has now found its new European home in London. In adjacency to London’s graffiti hub Leake Street, House of Vans is taking over the Old Vic Tunnels next door and turning it into a permanent cultural venue that harbours exuberant creativity of the city. In the radius of this significant neighbourhood, House of Vans’ new address could be a statement to freshen the Waterloo cultural imprints. Waterloo was not only just an address, but a cultural reference that London and the whole of Britain would feel attached to. Just like how it started, it is all going to be underground. And how we’ve missed that. House of Vans’ deep and slim structure will host five tunnels, providing designated purposes for each. You could be strolling down the art gallery in Tunnel One and slip into Tunnel Two for a glance of film screenings, then join the music crowd and a pint in Tunnel Three. Don’t forget there is also plenty of space dedicated to bowl riders and skateboarding craze. In the ‘creative expression’ of House of Vans, art and street culture will always be open for all and free.