The Field Project

The Field Project

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The Field Project is a £3M vocational training facility for people with learning difficulties on a brownfield site at Leckwith, Cardiff. The client’s aspiration is that it will be ‘an exemplar community-based training facility which promotes social enterprise and learning through the provision of high quality places inside and outside and holds the principles of sustainable design at its core.’ Presented with a complex brief, including community café, wood workshop, horticulture centre, recycling centre, shop, incubator offices and sustainable energy centre, DRUw developed a concept informed by the pattern, scale and geometry of the adjacent allotments to bring order to the variety of spaces required. A grid is applied across the whole site, aligned to the allotments. Alternating bands of 6m and 3m widths accommodate building and provide space for circulation, light, and greenery respectively. Form and construction is inspired by traditions of simple agricultural and industrial buildings.

Client Name: Vision 21
dru-w
Design Research Unit w
Bute Building
King Edward VII Ave
Cardiff
Tel: 02920 874430
Email: dru@cf.ac.uk
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