Juergen Teller Photographic Studio Window Design
Gowercroft were privileged to work with 6a Design on Jeurgen Teller's new Photography Studio in West London. The iconic project called for innovative window design and functionality, and the project went on to win prestigious RIBA Building of the Year Awards, with Gowercroft's woodwork being shortlisted for the BWF's prestigious Technical Award.
This iconic project, which spans a 60m x 8m plot serves as a new studio, office and archive for the celebrated photographer, comprising a series of three individual concrete buildings and courtyard gardens. Our works included the collaborative design, manufacture, and installation of lift and slide doors, casement windows, French doors, single doors, internal doors, cupboard doors, multiple storey internal screens, linings and a bespoke letter box. These were designed with ultra-slim sections, high energy efficiency and a semi-transparent finish to reflect the intricate, concrete style of the building.
Architects 6a had a very strong vision of what they wanted to achieve with the design of Juergen Teller’s new studio and archive repository. Many challenges were over come in achieving a design that
In order to make the most of the light entering the studio the windows and doors needed as smaller frames as possible. We undertook a lengthy period of design and prototyping to develop a product that satisfied the varied and sometimes contradictory criteria. There were many passionate discussions along the way but eventually a window design was agreed upon that made all parties happy.
One of the more unusual aspects of the design criteria was the narrow access afforded the building. We had to design the larger pieces in sections that would be assembled in situ as they simply wouldn’t fit in the narrow front door or up the staircases!
The project has won the RIBA Building of the Year (National) Award for 2017 and the RIBA Building of the Year (London) Award for 2017, as well as our work on the project being shortlisted for the Technical Award at the British Woodworking Federation‘s 2016 BWF Awards. The project was also feature on the front cover of the Architects’ Journal and in articles in the Telegraph and the Guardian.