Creative Business Units

Heatherwick Studio, Aberystwyth, 2009


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Group of eight stainless steel clad, timber framed buildings for use as start-up business units

To maintain the wooded character of the site, rather than build a single campus-style block the sixteen start-up units are contained, in pairs, in eight small buildings.

The simple timber frame sheds are split through their centre and pulled apart to provide light and ventilation and a shared entrance to the two units.

To make the stainless steel cladding affordable the architect sourced steel the thickness of a coke can, however, this is neither rigid nor insulated.

These problems were overcome by crinkling the sheet metal in a controlled manner and then spraying a CFC-free insulation foam on the back of the surface.

Post process the panels become affordable, rigid and well insulated enabling the construction of details such as eaves and windowsills. They also have a non-uniformity, reflecting the forest’s leaves and pieces of sky in its facets.


  • Begun: 2008
  • Completed: 2009
  • Floor area: 640m2
  • Sector: Office
  • Total cost: £1.1M
  • Funding: Aberystwyth University, The Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Assembly Government, 
Aberywtwyth Arts Centre
  • Tender date: 2006
  • Address: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, Penglais Hill, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DE, United Kingdom

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