The Arts Space – Hereford College of Arts by Hewitt Studios LLP

The new Arts Space building by Hewitt Studios LLP delivers a much-needed cafe and exhibition space for the Hereford College of Arts, in Herefordshire,U.K,within a dynamic and sustainable new volume.

The Arts Space - Hereford College of Arts by Hewitt Studios LLP

©Lance McNulty

The Arts Space features innovative design, open- plan flexible spaces with a vibrant college atmosphere along with a strong ‘green’ agenda. Hewitt Studios have created an inspiring and accommodating building that acts as a fitting backdrop to the artistic endeavors of the College and its students.

The Arts Space - Hereford College of Arts by Hewitt Studios LLP

©Lance McNulty

The main building volume is defined as an elegant glass box, which is then protected as necessary from environmental pressures. The roof of the building over-sails the edges to provide protection from the high-angle sun and rain, whilst solid elements within the facade shield from the low sun, as well as providing crucial insulation.

The Arts Space - Hereford College of Arts by Hewitt Studios LLP

©Paul Younger

The Arts Space also presents a unique ‘twisted-trestle’ structure, made from a combination of glue-laminated timber beams / columns, cross-laminated timber panels and slender steel props.

The Arts Space - Hereford College of Arts by Hewitt Studios LLP

©Paul Younger

This massive, stark timber structure contrasts as well as it complements the elegant fragility of the glass building envelope. Aesthetically, it creates a warm and inviting ambience for people to interact, whilst it offers great views of the surrounding landscape  and provides the interior with plenty of sunlight. The interior treatment endeavors to create a calm, neutral space for the display of art and enhance socializing between students and college staff.

The Arts Space - Hereford College of Arts by Hewitt Studios LLP

©Hewitt Studios LLP

Again, there is an evident ‘green’ agenda that determines the interior atmosphere of the space. The majority of environmental services within the main space are concealed and the functionality of the building fabric is significantly improved. The suspended acoustic panels provide high-level visual focus and important environmental control, whilst also being sustainably sourced.

The Arts Space - Hereford College of Arts by Hewitt Studios LLP

©Hewitt Studios LLP

Even the furniture and equipment has been chosen to increase space flexibility, whilst minimizing its environmental impact. For example, the 100% recyclable Vitra ‘tipton’ polypropylene chairs are manufactured from a single mold, without the use of mechanical components. They are durable, stackable, require zero maintenance and can be used inside and out.

The Arts Space - Hereford College of Arts by Hewitt Studios LLP

©Hewitt Studios LLP

Overall, the Arts Space of Hereford College of Arts is a well-designed, truly ‘green’ building with a high-degree of sophistication.

The Arts Space - Hereford College of Arts by Hewitt Studios LLP

©Paul Younger

 

Words: Ivi Vassilopoulou

 

 

 


Leave a Reply