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York Guildhall

RIBA Competition

A proposal to secure the future of the existing York Guildhall complex through the creation of a vibrant place of inspiration for the creative industries. The design connects the city back to the wonderful river setting through a series of inhabited terraces.

The centre has been carefully arranged to sit alongside the retained Council Chambers and Guildhall, improve access to the site and rationalise circulation within the existing complex.

The new Creative Arts and Digital Media centre is a shared platform for start-ups and established businesses to collaborate.

Our proposal provides a range of flexible spaces that can be utilised in a number of ways and by a range of different end users. 

Our approach to create adaptable space is fundamental in making a sustainable creative work environment.

A landscaped courtyard provides a central focus, with the social spaces arranged around its perimeter in combination with the adjacent studios, workshops and hub spaces. This arrangement of spaces is intended to aid communication, offering places for people to meet, discuss ideas, share knowledge and network, whilst at the same time allowing building users and visitors to see and experience the creative processes going on in the surrounding studios. 


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