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Keynsham Civic Centre & One Stop Shop, UK

AHR

This bold new development which replaces outdated 1960s buildings consists of retail at ground level, located around two new pedestrian streets, and market square with new Council offices above located in three wings of brass clad timber frame. 

A standalone building consists of a gold clad Library and One-Stop-Shop. The project maximises natural ventilation wherever possible. The form of the offices was conceived as a broken tube of brass cladding with split roof windows for natural ventilation.

The architects worked closely with subcontractor Richardson Roofing to develop the detail of the horizontal seams which wrap around the ends of the wings to create the impression of the extruded form.

The area around Keynsham was famous for its brass mills which informed the choice of cladding which consisted of around 30 tonnes of brass and 7 tonnes of copper-aluminium golden alloy.

Golden alloy cladding was used to great effect on the community hall to create a landmark ‘node’ visible from four directions at the end of the existing High Street and from the two new pedestrian streets within the development. The golden cladding was chosen in collaboration with a Community Focus  Group to show that the Library was part of the same family of buildings as the adjacent offices but with a unique community identity.  The ‘gold box’ of the community hall cuts into the stone base and is carried through the interior walls and soffits enabling you to read where the two forms intersect.

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Building

Completion date: 
2014
Country: 
United Kingdom
City: 
Keynsham

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Type of building: 
Office buildings
Commercial, trading
Cultural
Copper used: 
Brass
Golden alloy
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
AHR

Copper contractors

Title: 
Richardson Roofing

Awards

Season: 
2015

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