Commercial and Leisure Highly Commended 2018
Location: Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Structural Engineer: Structures 2000 Ltd
Main Contractor/Joinery: Alan Moon Joinery and Building Contractor
Glulam Manufacturers: Old Manse Joinery
Wood Supplier: Brooks
Wood Species: Ukrainian birch
The project built to house an expanding rural architectural practice that had outgrown its previous dedicated office space in the directors’ home. The new studio is situated in the lower garden of the family home. The building also serves as a domestic garage and provides a level-access bedroom and shower-room for relatives with mobility issues. The building references the rusting agricultural sheds in the rural area. The exterior form appears as a simple pitched-roof shed cloaked in corten steel. Internally the glulam structure is expressed and celebrated, revealing a series of bright overlapping spaces. The structure has been left exposed and doubles as the interior fit-out, forming the wall finish, shelving, drawers and cupboards.