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Peter Cook wins planning for pavilion at Arts University Bournemouth

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The Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) has been granted planning permission for a new pavilion designed by prominent alumnus and visiting professor Peter Cook

The university commissioned Cook’s CRAB practice to design a £1.4million ‘drawing studio’ which could used by all the university’s departments as well as housing special exhibitions and student shows.

The all-steel, semi-monocoque structure features a large north-light described by the practice as a ‘rear clerestory that throws soft-light back from the rear wall’.

Prefabricated in the Netherlands, the pavilion will be bolted onto the site slab and will then be internally acoustically treated to give a continuous white surface with a grey floor. The CRAB Studio design team included Cook as well as Gavin Robotham and Jenna Al-Ali.

Speaking about the pavilion, Cook said: ‘This commission came through a recognition that the fundamental nature of drawing and the way in which it stimulates thought needed to be recognised and celebrated in a building available to all sections of the Arts University Bournemouth.

‘Through such simplicity, the act of drawing becomes a calm and considered activity within the lively world of a very busy and creative institution.’

RIBA Gold Medal-winning architect Cook returned to the AUB last year as a visiting professor at the School of Architecture after completing professorships at the Royal Academy and University College London.


North elevation of the new studio at AUB, designed by CRAB Studios

North elevation of the new studio at AUB, designed by CRAB Studios

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