The creative campus at Snape Maltings was founded by Benjamin Britten in derelict industrial buildings on the Suffolk coast. The Dovecote is part of Haworth Tompkin's phased extension of the campus for Aldeburgh Music and inhabits the ruins of a dovecote overlooking the marshes. The new form expresses the internal volume of the Victorian structure as a Cor-ten steel 'lining', a welded monocoque that was prefabricated and craned into position.
“A complete architectural proposition, from concept to design, to manufacture, installation and use.”
Judges Citation, The AJ Small Project Award
A large north light roof window provides even light for artists, while a small mezzanine platform with a writing desk incorporates a fully opening glazed corner window that gives long views over the marshes towards the sea. The single volume will be used by artists in residence, by musicians as rehearsal or performance space, by staff for meetings or as a temporary exhibition space.
Only the minimum necessary brickwork repairs were carried out to stabilise the existing ruin prior to the new structure being inserted. Decaying existing windows were left alone and vegetation growing over the dovecote was protected to allow it to continue a natural process of ageing and decay. The interior walls and ceiling of the space are lined with spruce plywood to create a timber 'box' within the Cor-ten shell.
Address: Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk
Completion Date: August 2009
Construction Cost: £155,000
Client: Aldeburgh Music
Contractor: Elliston Steady and Hawes (Building)
Structural Engineer: Price and Myers LLP
Environmental Engineer: Ernest Griffiths
CDM Coordinator: PFB Construction Management Services
Civic Trust Award
Architects Journal Small Project Award
Quality of Place Award: Design
RIBA Award (East Region)
RIBA Client of the Year (Shortlist)
RIBA Crown Estate Conservation (Runnerup)
RIBA Stirling Prize (Longlist)
RICS East of England Conservation Award
RICS National Conservation Award (Shortlist)