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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

HCA Hub in Hereford, UK by Hewitt Studios LLP

January 6th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Hewitt Studios LLP

Hewitt Studios have just completed the HCA Hub building which forms a new front-end facility for the Hereford College of Arts.  The proposal delivers much-needed cafe, exhibition and admin space in a striking new volume. With a strong sustainability agenda, the structure is formed of glu-laminated and mass-timber and the space is naturally ventilated and day-lit. A reflective pool is used to both animate the space and mediate sunlight.

Exterior view (Images Courtesy Paul Younger)

  • Architect: Hewitt Studios LLP
  • Project Title: HCA Hub
  • Location: Hereford, UK
  • Client: Hereford College of Arts
  • Cost: £1.2m
  • All photos: Paul Younger
  • Software used: Microstation and Vectorworks to design/present the project

Exterior view (Images Courtesy Paul Younger)

  • Completed: December 2011
  • Timber Frame / Deck: Eurban
  • Glazing: Kawneer
  • Acoustic Panels: Hewitt Studios LLP
  • Structural Engineer: Integral Engineering Design
  • M&E Engineer: Hicks Titley Partnership
  • Project Manager/QS: Ridge
  • Lighting Designer: David Moore
  • Landscape Architect: Rob Beswick
  • Main Contractor: Kier Moss

Exterior view (Images Courtesy Paul Younger)

Externally, the building is clad in anodised aluminium and western red cedar, whilst comprehensive landscape scheme roots the building to the site, creating a series of external social and exhibition spaces for the College and its students.

Project Architect, Paul Younger states that ‘the Art College client demanded an innovative, design-led solution and this has led to a the development of a dynamic structural form which provides drama and flexibility in equal measure’.

Floor plan

Interior view (Images Courtesy Paul Younger)

Interior view (Images Courtesy Paul Younger)


Interior view (Images Courtesy Paul Younger)

Interior view (Images Courtesy Paul Younger)


Site Plan

Concept Axonometric

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Categories: Educational Center, Microstation, Vectorworks

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