Chapter Arts Centre

Ash Sakula Architects, Cardiff, 2009


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Light box at entrance displaying artists work 

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  • Light box at entrance displaying artists work    
  • External view    
  • Courtyard view    
  • Courtyard and seating    
  • Entrance    
  • Foyer    
  • Detail of stairs    
  • New opening allow for natural daylighting    
  • External view with context    
  • Bold lettering and signage    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Section    
  • Rear axonometric    
  • Front axonometric    
  • Cafe elevation    
  • Cafe to courtyard visualisation    
  • External visualisation    
  • Arriving at chapter    
  • Men wall    
  • Rear courtyard    
  • Waiting for the Show    
  • Watching the show    
  • Taking a break    
  • Theatre foyer    
  • Passing the time day    

Refurbishment of a municipal arts centre in a converted Edwardian school with gallery, theatre, cinema and studio space for 60 artists

The refurbishment was carried out in phases in order to not compromise the centers homegrown, organic feeling and to not disrupt its facilities.

Through a series of remodeling, the refurbishment has managed to reorganise the building without extensive closure. Entrances and windows are cut out of the existing facades, a series of small spaces have been grouped to form a large foyer space.

The 'walk-through' plan is arranged to allow for complete circulation with separate entrance and exit.


  • Begun: Aug 2008
  • Completed: Nov 2009
  • Floor area: 3,991m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £3.8M
  • Funding: Donations, lottery grant
  • Procurement: JCT 2005 with Quantities
  • Address: Market Road, Cardiff, CF5 1QE, United Kingdom

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