Boardman House, Norwich

Extensive renovation only hinted at outside

· Credit: Joakim Boren

Hudson Architects for Norwich University of the Arts

Contract value: £3.5m

GIA: 1,474 m²

Hudson Architects has transformed a grade II* listed Sunday School building built in 1879 into an impressive new facility.

The extensive level of renovation and refurbishment internally is only hinted at outside. A double height entrance atrium acts as a focus for orientation, but is not revealed until you enter the space, as the focus is the new stair. This acts as a sculptural object with oak treads and a delicate water-cut steel balustrade which echoes the balcony detail of the existing building.

  • · Credit: Joakim Boren
  • · Credit: Joakim Boren
  • · Credit: Joakim Boren
  • · Credit: Joakim Boren

Various activities throughout the building have been thoughtfully placed by the architect according to environmental need: the lower ground floor contains a black box studio space while the upper, well-lit floors are design studios.

The building’s controlled palette of materials provides the setting for the students to occupy and colonise their spaces.

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