Aesthetic appeal and proven performance for RIBA Regional Award winning project, The Studios

The low maintenance benefits and an aesthetic sympathetic to its location led to the specification of Marley Eternit’s corrosion-resistant profiled sheeting as an external cladding solution for an award-winning development by designers, Soup Architects, called The Studios. The project has been built within a mature landscaped garden on an existing residential plot at Aldeburgh in Suffolk.

Soup Architects met its client’s brief to create two separate 40 and 60sq/m multi-functional studio spaces to replace existing dilapidated workshop and garage buildings situated away from the main house. 

The owner’s intention is to use the two studio spaces as retreat locations, setting them within a tranquil, contemplative part of the garden.  As such, the low maintenance benefits of fibre cement profiled sheeting, together with its attractive appearance, were key components in the design-led decision to clad the studios’ exteriors with the Marley Eternit solution.

As a welcome connection to previous generations, the owner’s historical links via a family business to the supply of corrugated iron buildings in the early 1900s for the construction of churches and huts is also referenced through the use of the profiled sheeting.

Jamie Le Gallez, Director at Soup Architects, commented: “Not only does the project bring to life the heritage of the family, but by using profiled sheeting in this way, it also vividly complements the vernacular style of the many agricultural outbuildings populating the surrounding area, helping The Studios to sit seamlessly within the landscape.”

Due to its remote location in the garden, and the planned intermittent use of the studio spaces, the owners wanted an exterior covering requiring only minimal levels of ongoing maintenance.  Marley Eternit’s profiled sheeting satisfies this demand, while still providing highly cost effective weather proofing and delivering excellent noise and thermal insulation qualities.

Jonathan Shum, Business Development Manager for Marley Eternit, comments: “The specification of profiled sheeting for The Studios project highlights its performance and aesthetic appeal to architects.  Its use for the exterior of the two spaces has enabled both the client and the architect’s vision to be realised and helped to visually place the new buildings appropriately within their rural location. 

“With proven performance characteristics, as well as a sustainable manufacturing process that means it can achieve A+ or A ratings in the BRE Green Guide, profiled sheeting provides a perfect answer for ambitious projects by underpinning architectural aspiration, maximising cost benefits and delivering long-lasting functionality.”

The success of The Studios project has been highlighted through its selection as a RIBA Regional Award Winner 2015.