Welham Studio by Mark Merer

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Welham Studios by Mark Merer

British artist Mark Merer has completed this pointy studio for himself and his wife in Somerset, UK.

Welham Studios by Mark Merer

Called Wellham Studio, the building is clad in insulated ply panels and has a green roof.

Welham Studios by Mark Merer

The structure is the result of Merer's earlier Landhouse project working with the Swinomish Tribe of Fidalgo Island in Washington State, where he investigated ways to create environmentally sensitive buildings with a strong relationship to the ground and surroundings.

Welham Studios by Mark Merer

Photographs are by Louis Porter.

Welham Studios by Mark Merer

Here's some more information from the architects:


Welham Studios started with the study of placement, watching objects in clay and sand creating shapes through the interaction of the wind and rain.

Welham Studios by Mark Merer

The work is looking for a union of object and environment.

Welham Studios by Mark Merer

One aspect of the work developed into the basic forms using triangulation, and this work was the basis of a project with the Swinomish Tribal people of Fidalgo Island Washington State,

Welham Studios by Mark Merer

The Swinomish housing project which has become Known as Landhouse, started in 2006. It was a visit to my studio by a couple who lived in Seattle.

Welham Studios by Mark Merer

They became interested in the work being done, its physical relationship with the ground and how it translated into a building.

Welham Studios by Mark Merer

The Pennock’s saw an opportunity to connect myself with an Architect friend of there's, Art Peterson of Cedar Tree Architects in Seattle, who had been working with Ray Williams of the Swinomish Tribal People of Fidalgo Island Washington State, they had just completed the building of a Traditional long House.

Welham Studios by Mark Merer

They had been discussing the current housing situation on Fidalgo Island which is a long way from the beliefs and traditions of the Swinomish and bore no resemblance to their surroundings.

Welham Studios by Mark Merer

The houses are currently designed and placed regardless of the Landscape and their Traditions.

Welham Studios by Mark Merer

A meeting was organized and out of it came the idea to develop an environmentally sensitive scheme for an allocated development area and Landhouse was born.

Welham Studios by Mark Merer

The structures were refined and developed into module units comprising of Elder, Student, Single family, Vacation, Multifamily and community facilities.

Welham Studios by Mark Merer

Above: Swinomish housing

I came back to the UK and decided to build one which is now almost completed and due to be opened in the spring of next year.

Welham Studios by Mark Merer

Above: Swinomish housing

This has become Welham Studios that my wife Artist Lucy Glendinning and I work from.

Welham Studios by Mark Merer

Above: Swinomish housing

The building is constructed in structurally insulated panels using the factory in Seattle that was involved in the Swinomish project; this was to be a test for the modular units.

Welham Studios by Mark Merer

We used thermoform 3ply cladding that came in 5m by 2m sheets.

Welham Studios by Mark Merer

The roof is a EPDM membrane with a inbuilt root barrier, a 100mm substrate with a wild flower turf.

Welham Studios by Mark Merer

We are know looking for Partners to set up a US wide Research program for developing designs in the Landscape with Tribal communities in collaboration with Landhouse.

Welham Studios by Mark Merer

Designer: Artist - Sculptor Mark Merer
Location: Welham, Somerton, Somerset. TA11 7AJ. UK.

Welham Studios by Mark Merer

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Engineer: John Beverage. Street, Somerset. BA16 0HA. UK.
SIPS: Premier Building Systems 4609 70th Avenue East Fife,
Welham Studios by Mark Merer

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Consultant Architect: Art Peterson 3518 Fremont Ave. N., #477
Wildflower Turf: Lindum Turf west Grange Thorganby York YO19 6DJ
Welham Studios by Mark Merer

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Cladding: Binderholz Gm6h Holzindustrie Zillertalstrabe 39
Windows: kneer – sud Fenster, Sud-fensterwerk, GmbH & Co.
Welham Studios by Mark Merer

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Date: construction 2008 / 2009
Budget: £350,000

Welham Studios by Mark Merer

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Posted on Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 at 12:39 am by Catherine Warmann. See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • huan_di

    I belive, interior photo from this house will be interest

  • http://individual.cl/ æon

    Such geometry in such landscape, suggest me cuts made to the hills. The color of wood goes nice with the grass.

    The landscape remember me the place where Teletubies live.

  • GJS

    Amazing to talk about a house and a concept for living and not show any pictures of the interior i.e. the place where people will actually be living.

  • Felix

    Don't think he's used the opportunities that this shape provides. Boring windows.
    For a project that fits into the Somerset countryside, the landscaping at the front doesn't make sense: rigidly rectangular japanese garden!? It has bamboo!
    No interior shots? This is a studio, what's it like to work in?

    Looks like a waste of money to me.

  • daniel

    Interior pics would be enlighting..

  • brendan

    yes, let's have the inside please

    • horst

      I know why we see no interior pics ;-)))

  • James

    Can we get some more photos of that pointy corner? I still question whether it is real.

  • http://www.javakonindo.com JavaHOUSEdesign

    this is very interesting, love the green roof. Could use more windows & I’m not sure of the rendered community but there’s something about this project that keeps my attention. Wonder what it looks like inside?

  • Emily

    I would like to see the interior please

  • fromageplus

    All together now : Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa, …Po !