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Ruthin Craft Centre
Building Development in North Wales – design by Sergison Bates architects
3 May 2011
Ruthin Craft Centre Photos
Photographs of Ruthin Craft Centre taken on 30 Apr 2011:
Located in rural northeast Wales this building by London architects Sergison Bates was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2009 and is a major centre for contemporary crafts.
Ruthin Craft Centre Wales
Ruthin Craft Centre awarded the Dewi-Prys Thomas Prize 2009
3 Dec 2009
Sergison Bates are delighted to announce that the Ruthin Craft centre has been awarded the Dewi-Prys Thomas Prize for 2009. The Prize is named after Dewi-Prys Thomas, an inspirational teacher, talented architect and advocate for Wales who was Head of the Welsh School of Architecture for many years and was previously awarded to Foster and Partners for the Great Glasshouse at the National Botanical Gardens of Wales in Llanarthne (2003) and to Richard Rogers for The Senedd, Cardiff (2006).
Forty-seven nominations which included architectural, urban design, public art and landscape projets were assessed, and the jury deemed the Ruthin Craft Centre to be ‘an outstanding example of what the Design Commission for Wales promotes: quality, thoughtful, appropriate, sensitive design. The architects, Sergison Bates, and their client have produced a building that is modern, characterdul and sympathetic to both setting and purpose.’
Ruthin Craft Centre : Mies van der Rohe Award Nominee
Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, Wales
Sergison Bates architects LLP
Mies van der Rohe Award Nominee 2009
The Ruthin Craft Centre is both an internationally renowned venue for contemporary crafts and an important focus of educational and leisure activities for the local community.
The design concept worked with and enhanced the essential characteristics of the former building, its courtyard typology and its relationship with the surrounding landscape. The external form of the building is a complex composition of sloping roofs, which shift in plan and section, quietly reminiscent of the Clywdian range above the site. Zinc panels of varying width wrap over roof and wall, with weave-like seam arrangements. The concrete walls, cast on the ground and then tilted up into place, are pigmented to give a clay-red hue, referencing the local red sandstone used on civic buildings nearby.
There are three gallery spaces, arranged to allow a variety of routes and sequences to suit the requirements and ambitions of each exhibition. The retail gallery is accessed from the main entrance and has large windows, making it visible from the outside. The restaurant is located on the northern side of the courtyard with a south-facing terrace and, next to it, six workshop studios are arranged in a row with service entrances on the north side and ‘shopfront’ entrances from the courtyard. The education room, two studios for artists in residence, the Tourist Information Centre and the administration areas are located on the southern side with entry and views into the courtyard.
The courtyard creates is an important transitional space connecting the restaurant, education facilities, workshops, studios and entrance hall that open directly onto it and provides a new and lively communal space for the local community.
Ruthin Craft Centre Wales photos / information from Sergison Bates architects LLP 290109
Location: Ruthin, Wales
Key building by Segison Bates:
Urban housing, Finsbury Park, London
Finsbury Park housing : Mies van der Rohe Award Nominee 2009
Welsh Architecture – Selection
Aberystwyth Creative Units
Aberystwyth Creative Units
Welsh building : Galeri Creative Enterprise Centre
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