client: Knowle West Media Centre
location: Knowle West, Bristol
Completed in March 2008, the Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) is a bespoke community media centre. ModCell straw bale panels form the exterior envelope of the building. Natural ventilation is operated automatically on a building management system via full height glazing and rooflights. The building has a biomass boiler, rainwater harvesting and a sustainable urban drainage system.
Known as "Archimedia" during the development stage, the project involved local young people in a core group whose views and decisions helped influence the design of the building. The centre has become a focal point for the Knowle West community and was recognised in the RICS Awards 2009 when it won the South West Community Achievement award.
"Fantastic design work and great people to work with. Nick did an incredible job on our community project. Hire these guys...."
Miles Ford, Project Manager
Designed while at White Design Associates
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