Bold in architectural language, self-effacing in materials and stature
Winchester Cathedral Learning Centre
Hampshire County Council Architects for the Dean and Chapter of Winchester Cathedral
Contract value: £900,000
To increase participation, Winchester Cathedral has extended its learning facilities into a new building set within a small courtyard in its the grounds. The green oak frame building, with matching benches and red clay roof tiles, provides a new multi-functional, fully accessible auditorium which has capacity for a whole school year group at a time.
The building sits well on its plot, orientation is good, there is excellent use of the space and, while bold in architectural language, it is self-effacing in materials and stature. The fine detailing includes traditional wooden pegs at the head of the beams and a fully glazed facade to the education centre, which enjoys views of the cathedral. A modest but great new building which engages with its context. Exterior spaces are integrated, and it successfully unites the new and existing. Its simplicity in form and detailing adds to the overall success.