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- Begun: Nov 2011
- Completed: Jul 2012
- Floor area: 25m2
- Sector: House
- Total cost: £125,000
- Funding: private
- Tender date: Dec 2010
- Procurement: Intermediate Building Contract
- CO2 Emissions: -kg/m2/year
- Address: Henfield, West Sussex, Henfield, BN5, United Kingdom
A new-build freestanding library and study for an artist
The Cube - a freestanding library and study - is part of a studio/residential complex set in a beautiful countryside location overlooking the South Downs.
The building was originally conceived as a "place of contemplation" for our artist client to cut himself off from his manic pace of life, and to concentrate on his art. As the project developed it gradually took a more defined form and has now become a fully functional library and study.
The architecture was driven by the strong geometry of the overall group of buildings and the aim was, from its onset, to create a cube; a volume without distraction, interrupted only by carefully controlled views of the its natural setting.
The main timber structure is exposed and serves as built-in shelving, the articulation serving both structural and aesthetic purposes.
A few months after its completion The Cube now sits comfortably at the edge of a grove of mature trees and offers a gently surreal experience for visitors who find, hidden within its deliberately utilitarian façade, a warm, and hospitable environment: a true Englishman's study manifesting the quirky, creative nature of its owner.