The Observatory wins best Small Project at Wood AwardsThe Observatory wins best Small Project at Wood Awards
The mobile artist studio and workshop, designed by four architectural students at FCBStudios, encourage interaction between artists and their audience, through a blurring of public and private and inside and outside spaces.
"We were impressed by the imaginative response to the brief, by the project’s integration with the landscape, and by the provision of much-needed research into the durability of charred timber" said the judges.
Dark charred timber panels, created using a Japanese technique called Shou Sugi Ban form the external cladding. This richly textured, outer layer contrasts with the smooth lighter woods used inside the cabins. Edward Crumpton’s knotted and tarred marlin rope screen adds further decorative detail that will weather beautifully over time.