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The RIBA Award winning Lantern Pottery provides an environmental and user-friendly pottery and craft studio, bringing comfort and dignity to the work carried out within.
The Lantern Community is part of the International Sheilling Organisation which is committed to the welfare of people with learning difficulties and is founded upon the principles of Rudolf Steiner. As part of their programme of care ‘companions’ are encouraged to develop the skills of making through art and craft. Much of the work produced is sold in the community’s shop (The Lantern), providing not only an income for the group but also a sense of real dignity to all those involved.
The principle objective of this project is to provide the Lantern Community with additional workshop spaces, enabling them to continue and expand their work.
The internal layout of the Pottery is generated by the process of the crafts, with complementary functions located around the main studio space. An important part is the central tearoom, which forms a social hub at the heart of the building.
Glazed openings create a visual connection to the surrounding landscape, which is seen as important for artistic inspiration. The building has a north-facing mono-pitch to allow for diffuse lighting through roof-lights into the studio spaces.
The materials chosen reflect the buildings location in a wooded area and the surrounding buildings on the Sheiling Estate, in particular the main Lantern building. Externally clay bricks and render have been used, reflecting the pottery and art going on within. The roofs are finished in cedar shingles with copper edges, both of which will naturally weather over time.
The Pottery has been designed to very high environmental standards, using the principles of ‘Passivhaus’ as a guide. The form of the building is generated by a requirement for adequate natural daylight and renewable energies.
Photos by Simon Maxwell