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Crackington Haven, Cornwall
Architect: David Sheppard Architects
Client: Max Burrows
Structural engineer: Structural Solutions
Contractor: Martin Bakewell
Contract value: £150,000
Date of completion: July 2006
Gross internal area: 90 square metres
Wooda is an unusual exercise in small-scale architecture. It was conceived as a place to hold a variety of art and performance-culture events, described by the actor client as "creative and environmental discovery". The resulting small architectural complex is an elegantly understated group of three pavilions strung along a wide track nestled into a dramatic cut in the farm hillside; it comprises a drama-space barn, a small stone shed, and an artist's studio.
Wooda is an outstanding example of the conversion of a small group of existing outbuildings for community use. Set deep in the North Cornish countryside it epitomises the architect's ingenuity in using two modest barns to create a versatile mini-campus capable of serving as conference space/artist's studios/dance studio and auditorium whilst enhancing the character and feel of the original farm buildings.
The barn has been converted into a tiny but highly adaptable theatre, office, reception and greenroom. The seating is contoured like the hills around the farm. The second main building is a timber structure, whose overgrown turf roof is an extension of the meadow above.
The ingenious, charmingly 'Heath Robinson', counterweighted tiered seating, running on industrial sliding door gear, enables the auditorium to be set up in a few minutes and epitomises the architect's approach to the problem. When not in use this disappears into the floor allowing the whole building to be used as a single volume.
The original barn doors are replaced by a generous, technically ambitious single pivoting door which successfully links the main space to the outside area when weather permits. It is the single extravagant gesture in a project built on a very tight budget which has been embraced enthusiastically by the local community it serves.
The success of this quirky project is a testament to the deep engagement of the client, a commitment to sustainability, and the interpretation of an idiosyncratic cultural brief.
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