Building: Early photographs showing a glimpse of our new studio ‘New Shed’, which was shortlisted for the South East Construction Awards Best Design last month.
New shed is built to complement its primitive agricultural surroundings, with its formal simplicity and strong materiality defining a confident addition to the rural landscape.
Clad in a corrugated aluminum rain jacket, deliberately left raw to create a variable play of light and shadow during the day. This modest and affordable material was used elegantly to evoke a rich materiality, one that contrasts with the buildings simple agricultural expression.
Internally, a new steel portal frame defines the structure of the building and is intentionally left untreated to celebrate its structural functionality. Offset against the raw metal frame, all walls and ceilings are lined with orientated strand board (OSB) to give a warmth and material tone to the interiors. A polished concrete floor completes a simple palette, acting as both a durable and beautiful surface for everyday use.
A series of bespoke pieces of furniture, designed by the practice constitute a more refined and mature interior. Bespoke steel and Valchromat desks and a feature pendant light, salvaged from old tractor gearing provide a subtle nod to the sites agricultural roots.
Outside a modest courtyard knits this building together with its smaller rugged brother, and acts as a social space between two spaces, each embodying a different function.
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