Location Sway, Hampshire Client SPUD Group Value Undisclosed Status Construction Sector Culture PAD studio have been working with SPUD (Space Placemaking and Urban Design) Group to design a deliver an inspiring hub for culture and creativity in the heart of the New Forest. The scheme has revitalised the existing SPUD site in Sway, creating five independent artist’s studio ‘pods’ in the grounds. The units are crafted to provide private space for artists to be creative and free in their surroundings, each studio has approximately 145sqm internal space with shared decked space to the front. The mono pitch roof maximises the natural daylight and invites people in to view the artists at work, connecting the public with the art. The single storey units are enveloped in dark grey corrugated sheet, with timber fins and polycarb to the front elevation, providing light and texture to the design whilst also harmonising the units to the rural surroundings. The pods are positioned under mature sycamore trees, to ensure minimal impact to the environment the units where built on jackpads, allowing the studios to touch the ground lightly and appearing to slightly float above the ground. In design and form the pods make reference to the successful SPUD scheme ‘The Observatory’, an off grid artist retreat which is previously moved location every six months, the units now have moved to the Sway site.