Cardiff studio fitout wins Best of Welsh Design Award
The HASSELL studio in Cardiff was recognised at the Best of Welsh Design Awards over the weekend for turning the top floor of an unloved 1970s building into its new studio.
The Best of Welsh Design Awards is part of the two-week long Cardiff Design Festival and is judged by an international panel of design experts and previous winners of the award.
Similar to other HASSELL studios, the Cardiff studio is another re-use of existing space and is a physical demonstration of the practice's commitment to design environmentally responsible and sustainable communities.
Other examples of similar projects include the HASSELL studios in Brisbane, Melbourne and Shanghai which are accommodated in disused existing buildings which include a former bakery, a bread storage and factory and motorcycle factory assembly shed.
The approach to fitting out the open plan Cardiff studio was one of minimal intervention, stripping back and revealing the existing concrete structure and creating a datum display wall separated from the floor and concrete ceiling. The light fittings are minimal in size and neutral in tone, while the furniture is loose and easily adaptable to the changing needs of the work space.
"The studio has now been occupied for several months and we've received favourable comments from all our visitors. We're very proud to have won this recognition from our local and international industry peers," said Kieren Morgan, HASSELL Principal in the Cardiff studio.
The Cardiff Design Festival Awards ceremony was held on Saturday over an afternoon high tea party. As well as receiving a certificate, winners were able to choose from a selection of second hand tea pots – the HASSELL team naturally chose the most architectural looking teapot. Is this a classic case of form over function?
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