Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI)
The floating cinema by Studio Weave with UP Projects, 2011. Image courtesy of Studio Weave and UP Projects
The young and energetic architecture practice, Studio Weave, will be designing a large artwork for the atrium of a new ward block for the Bristol Royal Infirmary. Their brief is to create a visual focal point as well as the required acoustic baffling for the space.
This new ward block is part of the Bristol Royal Infirmary Redevelopment (BRI Redevelopment) and Centralisation of Specialist Paediatric Project. Together these two redevelopment projects consist of a number of refurbishments and new builds for University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (the Trust).
Studio Weave work on a diverse mix of projects across the country. They approach each one with an open mind and the aim of working closely with everyone involved to create something that is unique to them.
This commission has been funded by Above & Beyond, the Trust’s charitable fund, which is funding artworks to create a nicer environment for staff and patients in key patient and public areas across the development.
The commission will be completed by May 2014 in line with the construction programme for the BRI Redevelopment.
Studio Weave is a young and energetic architecture practice working on a diverse mix of projects across the country. Their work ranges from furniture and exhibition design, through shelters, follies and buildings, to urban landscapes and urban planning. They have experience of working with both public and private clients and in collaboration with a diverse network of craftspeople.
Since setting up in 2006 Studio Weave have delivered a number of award-winning projects including ‘The Longest Bench’, a seafront regeneration scheme in Littlehampton, West Sussex; ‘Freya and Robin’, two allegorical pavilions peering over Kielder Water in Northumberland; and the ‘Floating Cinema’, a project for the Olympic Delivery Authority to transform a canal boat into a travelling host for film screenings.
Studio Weave begin every project with an extremely open mind and love working closely with everyone surrounding a project to create something unique to them. They think of every proposal as a transformation, as opposed to a static new reality, and aim to share the rich coexistence of traces of old with the blossoming of new through telling and illustrating an experiential narrative.
Willis Newson is a leading Bristol-based independent arts consultancy specialising in creative approaches to improving health and wellbeing. It develops public art strategies for new builds and refurbishments, develops and manages public art plans and public engagement programmes, delivers training for artists and performers in healthcare settings and provides advice and guidance on the design and implementation of projects to promote healthy environments and improve health and wellbeing.
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
Laing O’Rourke, Coda
Above & Beyond