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.