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Peter Cook's CRAB Studio Reveals Sunny CLT Innovation Center for the Arts University Bournemouth

Peter Cook's CRAB Studio Reveals Sunny CLT Innovation Center for the Arts University Bournemouth
Peter Cook's CRAB Studio Reveals Sunny CLT Innovation Center for the Arts University Bournemouth, Interior View. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio
Interior View. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio

Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham’s CRAB Studio has revealed the design of a new Innovation Studio being constructed at the Arts University Bournemouth in Poole, England.

A conceptual successor to the blue Drawing Studio completed by CRAB on the university campus in 2016, the Innovation Studio will serve a larger program – a space for small start-ups led by recent graduates to develop with support from business experts within the university and from across the globe.

Interior View. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio Exterior View. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio Concept Diagram. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio Axonometric Diagram. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio + 17

Exterior View. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio
Exterior View. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio

Located on a small infill site between the University House administration block and the main Workshop block, the structure is designed to house a series of ‘focus pads’ – outfitted with plotters, business machines, fabricators and robotics – located along a snaking ramp on the interior perimeter of the building. Angled light shafts bring natural light into each area.

Concept Diagram. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio
Concept Diagram. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio

As in the design of the Drawing Studio, color plays a strong role in the visual identity of the building. The exterior and key interior surfaces are washed in tones of orange that vary according to the direction of the plane. This jolt of color allows the building to stand out amongst its neighbors.

The light shafts avoid a deliberate hierarchy of scale,” explain the architects. “The ‘cheeky’, keyhole–like side windows are tailored to focus upon key positions on the pads: thus the start up teams are subtly identified. It is a sunny, seaside building and a punctuation to the otherwise monochromatic blocks either side.

Interior View. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio
Interior View. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio
Site Concept Diagram. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio
Site Concept Diagram. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio
Exterior View. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio
Exterior View. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio

The building structure is comprised of a variety of interdependent flat-faced CLT (cross laminated timber) cones and prefabricated panels that are used to create walls, floors and roofs. By using material in various ways, the design also breaks down the traditional notions of program:

With direct connection through to the workshops at ground level, the building is deliberately breaking down the categories of ‘office’, ‘studio’ and ‘workshop’- and is thus an appropriate hybrid for future practice.”

Section. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio
Section. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio
Interior View. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio
Interior View. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architect

    Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau (CRAB studio)
  • Primary Team Members

    Prof. Sir Peter Cook, Gavin Robotham, Jenna Al-Ali
  • Area

    600.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2019

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Cite: Patrick Lynch. "Peter Cook's CRAB Studio Reveals Sunny CLT Innovation Center for the Arts University Bournemouth" 05 Mar 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/890190/peter-cooks-crab-studio-reveals-sunny-clt-innovation-center-for-the-arts-university-bournemouth/> ISSN 0719-8884
Interior View. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio

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