Colour Factory by Dan Brill Architects


British studio Dan Brill Architects have completed a free-standing studio and workshop space for art collective Colour Factory in Winchester, UK.


The single-storey building was created on a tight budget, using materials that included coloured, polycarbonate cladding and plywood.


The Colour Factory is among projects being considered for the Small Project Exhibition held at New London Architecture in London from 5 February.


Photographs by Edmund Sumner.

The following is from Dan Brill Architects:


Brill's Innovative Colour Factory Opens

Dan Brill Architects has completed their first building, the innovative 'Colour Factory' based in Winchester, UK. The Colour Factory houses small workshops run by the Colour Factory arts collective.


The single-storey out-building combines simplicity of form with neat architectural devices to create a visually exciting building. The tiny budget demanded creative solutions that reduced the number of materials and building trades otherwise required.


Where possible, elements were combined such as the structural plywood, which is also used as the internal finish. Crucially, the polycarbonate Rodeca cladding offered rigidity, lightness, water-tightness, translucency, colour and cost-efficiency, eliminating the need for studwork, waterproofing and windows.


Several aperatures in the plywood skin allow pools of coloured light into the building during the day, and to emit colour to the surrounding areas at night. Images below copyright Dan Brill Architects.


The small but perfectly formed building performs to its maximum, regularly housing workshops for children and adults in the community covering a range of skills such as jewellery, textiles, mixed media, and painting.


The Colour Factory has been shortlisted for the Architect's Journal's Small Projects Exhibition that runs on 5 to 27 February at New London Architecture, Building Centre, Store Street, WC1 London.


Posted on Tuesday February 3rd 2009 at 10:18 am by Rob Ong. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • jed_

    charming and uplifting. great work!

  • jed_

    (althouhg i have to wonder about the Neon strip lights – couldn’t the lighting have been quite easily incoporated behind the polka dots in the ceiling plywood at not too much expense?)

  • Dan Flavin’s work as a student…
    The glossy wood finish on the interior is a bit of a let down. With wood finish and the tiny holes, it looks a bit like a box you would carry a pet home in from the shop. The holes are just big enough so your new rabbit doesn’t suffocate. The bottom rendering has more potential then what was executed. How much did it cost to make larger holes and use a lighter finish on the plywood?
    An entry sequence would have also been nice, I can see a lot of dirt and mud making it’s way inside.
    I enjoy the colored polycarbonate panels and the large sliding opening. Having worked with the material before, I wonder how the seems were sealed. We had some issues using them on a door, as you could pop an arm through the seem and open it from the inside.

  • SouL

    neon makes it look like a keir…full stop…

  • Sam Marshall

    OK for a shed at the end of a garden. It looks positively dismal inside with the dark stained ply seeming to sap any light out of the interior. I agree with Michael. Its hardly a space you would want to spend time in… or work in, due to the quality of light in the images. Polycarbonate is mildly interesting but has been done to death. Again, it would be great to show some details on how its put together.

  • Joe

    Great to see a collective workspace going up, these things are great boons to starting artists. I have concerns about the colored translucent materials, the color balance inside will defeinitely be affected. I think it would be better to avoid these filters on incoming light so that artists can see the work in proper lighting without having to drag it outside.

  • waka

    looks good but it’s hard to see it functioning as an art studio – the light’s not very good