Editor’s pickWood Awards 2018 shortlist: Storey’s Field Centre & Eddington Nursery

08-11-2018
Wood Awards 2018 shortlist,Storey’s Field Centre & Eddington Nursery

In the category of Commercial & Leisure, Storey’s Field Centre & Eddington Nursery, a 100-place nursery built of American white ash, European oak and Canadian western red cedar, is arranged around three sides of a landscaped courtyard.

On the fourth side, is the civic scaled community centre including a 180-seat main hall. The principle rooms are lined in oak panelling, and the main hall, influenced by the dining halls and chapels of Cambridge colleges, uses an exposed, articulated timber structure.

The slender spruce glulam portal frames spring from the oak panelled base and pass in front of a backdrop of ash veneered panelling; the tones of the timber gradually lightening up the height of the space. A structural ceiling of layered ash joists, battens and veneered plywood conceals air extract routes for the hall’s passive ventilation strategy.

The hall provides a venue for a range of activities and its acoustics can be adjusted to suit. At the west end, an ash spiral stair is a sculptural element wrapped by a curved veneered ash plywood balustrade. The nursery’s turret roofed classrooms are clad in western red cedar as are the soffits to the covered nursery cloister.

 

Architects: MUMA
Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom (U.K.)

 

All images are credited to AHEC