Wales Institute for Sustainable Education, WISE

Pat Borer & David Lea Architects, Powys, 2010

 

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Wales Institute for Sustainable Education 

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  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Wales Institute for Sustainable Education    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Roof plan    

Academic building within in a disused slate quarry, incorporating a 200 seat lecture hall, dining hall and bar, workshops, offices and 24 en-suite bedrooms

In keeping with the centre's emphasis on 'business innovation and life long learning' the new building emerges from the particularities of site, programme and materials. (Centre for Alternative Technology is an educational centre offering courses in self build, renewable technologies and organic gardening as well as having a Part 2 architecture course accredited by UEL.)

Low energy materials are used throughout: a timber glulam structure, rammed earth walls, hemcrete exterior finish and ash floors. The exterior yellow ochre walls are intended to welcome visitors to the site, 'as if the sun is always shining'.

The building pays particular attention to it's use of light, whether this be daylight, sunlight or reflected light; the architect describes this as capturing the passage of time and changing of the seasons.

The 24 en-suite rooms draw influence from Japanese design and provide upmarket accommodation for a small proportion of the centre's 65,000 visitors each year.

Data

  • Begun: Jun 2006
  • Completed: May 2010
  • Floor area: 2,280m2
  • Sectors: Education, Hotel
  • Total cost: £42M
  • Procurement: Partnering Contract (PPC 2000)
  • CO2 Emissions: 19kg/m2/year
  • Address: Centre for Alternative Technology, Powys, SY20 9AZ, United Kingdom

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