Church and Hall alterations, Exeter
Working in collaboration with local architect Hilary Lawson of 5 points architecture this project involved creating a detailed three-dimensional computer model of the proposals, for both design development and for images for the planning and funding applications. Images were also displayed to the church groups for approval. The nature of the existing buildings and the new foyer to be created between them required a highly three-dimensional approach to design ensuring that the new building would suit the tight site and complexities of the multiple client groups.
The two existing buildings of different age, are also at quite different floor levels and the new entrance foyer and lobby bridged these two levels. Disabled access and deliveries were all integrated into the layout and a new bright, spacious area has been created. A mix of exposed sheet ply and steel columns has a modern feel, yet its plain finishes allow the older church building to be appreciated. Coloured panels within the glazing are a nod to more traditional stained glass, and enliven the sunpath through the building.
By working in a computer model-driven manner new opportunities for daylighting and views within the spaces were discovered and a better final solution was created. Ideas and discussions were had in a collaborative manner and Hilary has since taken the project to a planning application with client sign off.