The Art College’s stunning new entrance and exhibition space is emerging
Passers-by can now catch the first glimpses of Hereford College of Arts new build on Folly Lane. Designed by Architects Hewitt Studios, the building will provide a much needed social and refectory area for students, as well as a stunning new entrance, exhibition space and garden area with further seating. The project will also transform the overall look of the Folly Arts Theatre, so completing the overall look of the College in to an exciting, inspirational and contemporary place for students to study the arts.
HCA approached us to devise a new front-end for their existing campus. As an Arts College, they demanded an innovative design-led solution. The building will deliver much-needed cafe, exhibition and admin space in a striking new volume. With a strong sustainability agenda, the structure is formed of glu-lam and mass-timber and the space is naturally ventilated and day-lit. A reflective pool will be used to both animate the space and mediate sunlight. Externally, a comprehensive landscape scheme roots the building to the site – it creates a series of external social and exhibition spaces for the College and its students.
The building, which will be ready for use in early 2012 will be a delight to students and staff. The College also intends to use the space for events that will be open to the public, such as lectures, screenings, gigs, exhibitions and social functions.