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A texturally rich and user-focused Weavery and Seasonal Crafts Workshop designed to enable the continuation and expansion of the good work done by the Lantern Community.
The Lantern Community is part of the International Sheiling 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 principal 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 Weavery and Seasonal Crafts workshop 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. Where larger areas of glazing occur, a projecting canopy has been designed to provide solar shading and shelter to the external workspace. The spaces are primarily lit from above to provide the best conditions for natural lighting.
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 woven oak lathes and naturally durable cedar cladding have been used, reflecting the crafts going on within. The roofs are finished in cedar shingles with copper edges, both of which will naturally weather over time.
The Weavery has been designed to very high environmental standards, using the principles of ‘Passivhaus’ as a guide. The form of the building is generated by the requirement for adequate natural daylight and renewable energies. The building has a south-facing mono-pitched roof, which, through its position and orientation on the site, provides a platform for the future installation of photo voltaic and solar thermal array.
Photos by Simon Maxwell