Invisible Studio has won two major design contests in the West of England
The outfit – led by architect and broadcaster Piers Taylor and based near Bath – defeated AOC, Studio Weave and Assemble in a contest run by local social enterprise Onion Collective to masterplan the regeneration of Watchet, a harbour town in west Somerset. Invisible Studio will masterplan a new enterprise district, boat museum, community centre and coastal walkway for the town.
Taylor said: ‘There’s an extraordinarily rich context in Watchet and I’m looking forward to immersing myself and helping produce architecture that will enhance this fascinating place.’
The practice will also draw up detailed designs for the enterprise area, which is expected to include small flexible workshops, a gallery, harbourside restaurant and performance space.
Local firm Louise Crossman Architects has been chosen by the same client to upgrade the boat museum and create a new tourist information centre.
Invisible Studio has also won a design competition for a new tree management centre at the National Arboretum in Westonbirt, Gloucestershire.
The practice defeated an unnamed shortlist to land the project, which includes a new ‘mess’ facility for workers and a large-span workshop constructed from 20m-long hand-hewn lengths of local timber.
The project is the second part of a £4.3 million regeneration of the Forestry Commission-run, Grade I-listed landscape. Glenn Howells completed the first phase – a new single-storey visitor welcome centre – earlier this year.