"HAT Projects' design has fully met a challenging brief and been delivered with uncompromising passion and great skill."Jonathan Harvey, Acme Studios
High House Artists' Studios is a new-build development of affordable artists' studios at High House Production Park in Purfleet, Essex. Working closely with Acme Studios who operate the building, and building on their extensive research into the needs of artists across the spectrum of artistic practice, the building contains studios from 15m2 to 150m2 project spaces for large-scale making. It won an RIBA award in 2014.
At a construction cost of £850/m2, the low-cost, robust quality of the building is essential to both its business plan - keeping rents down for the artists, and expressing the primacy of the work contained within. Clad in profiled metal sheet and common bricks, the design is unashamedly functional - a container for, not a representation of, creative work. The project completed in July 2013.