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Science Studios


Project Details

£10m to £49.99M


Designscape Architects Ltd

Toll Bridge Road , Batheaston , BATH , Somerset , BA1 7DE , United Kingdom

A 9,000sqm art production studio and gallery for Damien Hirst. The project reuses an existing steel portal frame structure originally built for the manufacture of plastics. The artist's production of large-scale art work requires highly specialised accommodation, including exceptionally high structural loading requirements and sub-zero archival storage. The main building is split into three bays: reception and gallery, art production and storage facilities, with each area defined externally through cladding panels of contrasting colours. A second building, clad in white glazed bricks, accommodates the formaldehyde facilities and acts as a gatehouse, providing security for the complex. The primary requirement for the client is for a very high quality of design, detail and finish, using innovative cladding and glazing, and quality internal finishes. The facility will also generate its own energy using a large field of photovoltaic cells located on the roof of the main building. In association with MRJ Rundell.