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RSAW opens Tŷ Newydd writer’s shed contest

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The Royal Society of Architects in Wales has launched a design contest for a twenty-first century writer’s shed

Open to all architects and designers, the Literature Wales-backed contest seeks ‘comfortable and practical’ proposals for a new shed at the Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre.

The 7.5m² structure will be located in the garden of the building – also known as the National Centre for Writing in Wales – near Cricieth, in Gwynedd.

It is expected to be used by poets and players, artists, storytellers and explorers.

According to the brief: ‘Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre is seeking designs for a small independent building that will become an inspirational setting for creative writing.’

The document continued: ‘The successful design will take full advantage of its landscape (and seascape) setting and respond to the creative spirit of Clough Williams- Ellis, the architect of the house that is now the home the Writers’ Centre.’

The permanent building must be suitable for a ‘variety of working methods’ and may include a renewable energy source. Toilet facilities are not required.

Submissions should be anonymous and include a single A1-sized PDF.

Judges include past RIBA president Sunand Prasad and the National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke.

RSAW director Mary Wrenn said: ‘The idea for the competition was inspired by Dylan Thomas’s writing shed in Laugharne. We were struck by the concept of such a small, modest space at the heart of the creative process and we are looking forward to seeing how today’s designers will re-imagine a shed for 21st century writers and poets.’

The winning design – set to be announced on 24 April – is expected to be built if future funding applications are successful.

Entry is free for RSAW and RIBA members and all students or £25 + VAT for non-members.

The deadline for entries is 12noon on 13 March.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

Tŷ Newydd Competition
1/05 Creative Quarter
Morgan Arcade
Cardiff CF10 1AF

Tel: 02920 228987
Email: rsaw@riba.org




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