Accoya® Selected for RIBA Award Winning Photography Studio
21 Nov 17
Accoya, the world-leading, high performance wood, has been used within a multi-award winning architectural studio project based in North Kensington, West London.
The studio which has been awarded three RIBA awards, including the National Award 2017, London Award 2017 and London Building of the Year Award 2017, was also shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2017. This highly coveted award is one of the most prestigious within architecture and recognises buildings in the UK which have made the greatest contribution to the evolution of the field.
Designed by 6a architects, the project comprises three individual buildings and gardens which house the studio complex of celebrated photographer, Juergen Teller. A minimal material palette was selected for the building which features offices, an archive, studio space, kitchen, library and ancillary rooms. The design breaks down the barriers between the internal and nature with permeable boundaries.
Accoya joinery manufacturer, Gowercroft Joinery, was appointed to provide bespoke window and door solutions which would successfully meet the building’s insulation requirements without compromising on the high quality of the finished product. Accoya wood was chosen for the large yet refined beaded window frames and glass doors that run the width of the site. Accoya panels were used in external doors, sized to match the horizontal board marks of the in-situ concrete facades.
Selected for the project because of its superior dimensional stability, durability and environmental credentials, Accoya wood perfectly balances the ‘fabric first’ and low energy design of the project.
Laura Keily, Head of Marketing for Accsys Group commented: “To be selected as the material of choice in such a prestigious design as the Juergen Teller Photography Studio is a real honour. In a project where every element of the design has been carefully selected to not only look great, but perform just as well, it is extremely important to ensure that each material is up to the task.
“The Accoya process reduces swelling and shrinkage in wood by at least 75% and offers improved stability in comparison to many other hard woods, meaning coatings last longer. What’s more, Accoya wood windows are C02 negative over the full life-cycle, making it a sustainable choice for a range of building types. We’d like to extend our congratulations to all the teams that worked on this stunning award-winning design.”
Described as ‘sublime’ and ‘exquisite’ by the RIBA judging team, the entire project has been documented by Juergen Teller in a series of fashion shoots on site, most recently published in Arena Homme.
Manufactured using a proprietary acetylation process, Accoya wood is non-toxic and withstands the most extreme external environments. Hardwearing and versatile, it also has the benefit of being incredibly low maintenance and easy to coat.
Landscape design: Dan Pearson Studio
Structural Engineers: Price & Myers
Environmental Engineers: Max Fordham
Main Contractor: Harris Calnan
Joiner: Gowercroft Joinery