The Level Centre

Clash Architects, Derbyshire, 2008


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Digital arts centre with a set of flexible spaces for people with learning difficulties in the East Midlands

The building contains flexible spaces with facilities for general purpose arts and creative events, allowing a wide variety of performing, visual and media arts projects.

A central, double-height, double-width corridor, brightly lit by a clerestory, runs from the entrance along the building's full length. A suite of offices, utility rooms and a technology studio is placed on the left of the corridor with the two performance spaces on the right.

One of the performance areas allows users to create digital art that can be experienced over the internet. A circular rooflight, expressed externally as a drum, hangs overhead.

The other performance space is naturally lit by saw-tooth rooflights, which again give form to the building’s roofline.

Apart from a brick and a timber-lined soffit at the entrance, the building’s tightly grouped, expressive forms (arcs, oblongs, cuboids and triangular extrusions) are entirely clad in standing seam zinc.


  • Begun: Jan 2008
  • Completed: Aug 2008
  • Floor area: 330m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £831,078
  • Procurement: ICD 2005 JCT Intermediate Building Contract
  • Address: Old Station Close, Rowsley, Derbyshire, DE4 2EL, United Kingdom

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