Our Artist’s Workshop in Highgate was granted planning approval in summer 2020. Our workshop proposal is part of a wider scheme for the site and will sit alongside other art, making and growing studios. There is a site wide sustainability strategy supported and promoted by the client, whose practice is to explore the relationship between humans, nature and food. Continuous and open dialogue with the local community of Highgate and a rigorous environmental and socially responsible strategy was key to getting the project approved.
The design of the workshop was inspired by the immediate context of Highgate Bowl and gives reference to boulders and land art. The design was driven and informed by evidence based design and incorporated passive solutions including passive stack ventilation, solar shading and building orientation, water re-use and low embodied carbon calculations. The building materials consist of locally and ethically sourced timbers, reclaimed slate and a rammed earth feature wall.
The workshop is a community asset provided for people who may not have access to such facilities. The workshop will be home to a variety of artists and craftspeople and will accommodate a mixture of media such as woodwork, ceramics, painting and printmaking. The local community and wider public will be able to get involved and join workshops and hands-on courses that are hosted as part of the seasonal programme.