Avon Wildlife Trust Cabin

Hugh Strange Architects, Bristol, 2015

 

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A semi-seasonal shelter for volunteers, school classes and visitors to a new nature reserve in the Avon Gorge near Bristol.

The building provides a semi-seasonal shelter for volunteers, school classes and visitors to a new nature reserve in the Avon Gorge just outside Bristol.

In response to the very modest budget, the design provides a simple, ‘off the shelf’ agricultural building and extends and adapts it. This sits on an existing concrete ground slab: native flowers have been planted in cracks and trenches in the concrete.

Full height galvanised steel barn doors allow the building to be open to the view when in use but fully enclosed at other times. The interior is simply fit out with plywood shelving and storage. A purpose-made Douglas Fir canopy frames dramatic views and offers shelter from the rain when the building is not in use.

The canopy extends beyond the length of the building to provide a gateway to the Reserve whether the building is open or closed.

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  • Begun: Mar 2015
  • Completed: Apr 2015
  • Floor area: 72m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £32,000
  • Funding: Charity
  • Tender date: Feb 2015
  • Procurement: Separate Trade Contracts
  • Address: Bennett’s Patch and White’s Paddock, Portway, Bristol, BS9 1RQ, United Kingdom

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