Inside, these buildings emit warmth and character with their exposed beams and wooden ceilings. Outside, they have their own identities: one compact with changing colours like a burning gas flame, the other stacked like a ziggurat. Inspired by an old photograph of male and female forms.
Both buildings are clad in metal: one in a striking CorTen weathered steel, the other with an iridescent painted finish that changes colour with the light.
Yet these buildings tread lightly. Timber is chosen for its renewable low carbon properties. External shutters keep each building cool in summer, and top-lit studio spaces capture natural light.
Mole Architects, founded by Meredith Bowles, combines innovation and individuality with a commitment to cutting-edge sustainability. The practice has a reputation for ‘green and gorgeous’ buildings, including with its current involvement in the northwest Cambridge expansion and a hillside resort in Taiwan. They were awarded the RIBA Manser Medal and the British Homes Award.
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