KEYS AND MONAGHAN ARCHITECTS’ OFFICE
- Client – Keys and Monaghan Architects
- Contract Value – £250K Stg.
- Timeline – February 2005 – February 2007
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Published Perspective Journal of RSUA
The site for Keys and Monaghan’s new offices lies in a narrow, brownfield back land plot and is accessed via a shared gated entry. The architectural ambition was for a simple modern building collaged into the fabric of the town. Offsetting the walls 900mm inside the boundaries allowed us to gain openings at all levels. The bulk of the new outline extends up to form a new shed or ‘barn’ with a simple timber clad ‘box’ at the rear; a space which became a secondary meeting room for partners. The gap between old and new construction is spanned only on the ground floor where it forms a small flat roofed entrance porch and waiting area.
Within the main volume of the ‘barn’ there is sufficient height to allow two mezzanine floors serving as democratic studio space. The communal and public accommodation is contained on the ground floor. The new mezzanine floors allow a terrace of double and treble height space, bringing top light down into the building and acting as the central organising space for circulation. This is expressed externally with a bold corner window at first floor level. Windows are limited, but the slots allow for dramatic glimpses to the lush greenery of overgrown gardens behind and provide an alternative to the roof space viewed through the main large windows at the void; reflecting the workload and interest of the practice.