Friday, July 01, 2016

Circular photography studio

A lovely circular studio designed by Wildblood Macdonald in Yorkshire, it's just under 5m across and has cracking views of  the lower Wharfe valley below thanks to the panoramic curved glazing around a third of its circumference. The architects say that "the brief was for an office-studio to enable our client to work in a quiet environment away from any distractions in the house". 

The client wanted to use stone for the main walling material, and the design was influenced by other curved stone buildings, particularly the Jerwood Centre in Grasmere, which also uses Lakeland slate and a metal roof.  The roof of the studio floats above a band of curved clerestory glazing set back from the masonry and glass below, and forms a sharp-edged counterpoint to the curved walls.  Its form is a diamond or classic kite-shape, rising to a point at the front of the studio above the panoramic glazing.  The construction of the roof is in steel and timber, clad in pre-oxidised copper long-strip and shingles which gives the building a weathered beauty that modern materials cannot match.
The studio has a bespoke tiled floor, with each stone tile water jet cut in a radial pattern, while bespoke office furniture follows the curve of the wall. Lots more excellent photos and technical explanation of the complexities of the build at the Wildblood Macdonald site.
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