The Studio, Heavitree Road

Hilton Barnfield Architects, Exeter, 2014

 

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Architect's Studio built on site of derelict former shop

Number 157/158 Heavitree Road had been unoccupied for over seven years when Hilton Barnfield Architects saw the opportunity to develop the site as a small studio to run their growing architecture practice from. On a tight and challenging site the young practice have created a delightfully simple and thoughtfully detailed building.

Filling a gap in a brick boundary wall set within the St Leonard’s conservation area the small site, with a total footprint of 50m2 had been subject to a number of refused planning applications.

For such a small site the project presented a number of challenges: requiring three party wall agreements, street works licenses, new mains services connections and careful consideration of the construction phase with very little space on site for storage of materials or waste.

Entrance to the studio is via a small courtyard which provides storage for bicycles, natural light to a small meeting room and a gentle entrance sequence from the busy street with a calming threshold.

The studio provides up to six work stations with a small meeting room and, to the rear, a kitchenette, WC and shower. Careful consideration of the simple loose furniture design creates the flexibility to accommodate anything from two to six employees.

Data

  • Begun: May 2014
  • Completed: Sep 2014
  • Floor area: 36m2
  • Sector: Office
  • Total cost: £65,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Feb 2014
  • Procurement: JCT MW 2011
  • Address: The Studio, 158 Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LZ, United Kingdom

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