Peter Cook’s first building in the U.K. celebrates hand drawing with a bright blue studio space

Architecture International
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(Dennis Crompton)

Archigrammer Peter Cook has returned to his childhood home, Bournemouth, on the South coast of England, to construct his first building in the United Kingdom.

Peter Cook, left. Zaha Hadid, right.

Peter Cook, left. Zaha Hadid, right. (Dennis Crompton)

The building is a bright blue drawing studio—an addition to an existing complex at the Arts University of Bournemouth, Cook’s alma mater.

Built at a time when digital drawing is in the ascendency, this building returns back to support the craft and art of hand drawing.

(Dennis Crompton)

(Dennis Crompton)

It features both “a large north-light in the studio tradition, a rear clerestory that throws a softer light back from the rear wall, as well as softer lighting from the east and a graded wash of light that comes along the curve of the entrance.”

The drawing studio was opened today in a ceremony that featured one of Cook’s best known students Dame Zaha Hadid who proclaimed “I simply love this building.”

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