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ArcelorMittal steel in eye-catching studio at Arts University Bournemouth

ArcelorMittal steel features in an inspiring new drawing studio at Arts University Bournemouth from award-winning architect Peter Cook. 

This latest creation from Peter Cook – an alumnus of the university who has been knighted by the Queen for his contribution to architecture – features steel plates supplied by ArcelorMittal’s plant in Gijón, Spain.

Aimed at providing students with a space in which to feel inspired, the bold, blue structure features 17 painted steel plates, prefabricated and shaped by Central Industry Group (CIG) – which provides 3D formed metal structures for maritime technology, architecture, renewables and industrial applications. 

The plates were then shipped to Bournemouth, where they were welded together on-site at the university to form a smooth, waterproof enclosure. 

ArcelorMittal’s Han Kuiters said: “ArcelorMittal plates were the natural choice for the customer with whom we have a long-standing relationship and have consistently proved our ability to provide steels of the highest quality within the allotted timeframes”.

The eye-catching studio celebrates the phenomenon of natural light and is illuminated by a 30m2 oval window and a “booster” window at the rear. A cavernous interior echoes the curvaceous shape and form of the building’s exterior.

The 140m2 studio will be used by students from all 17 of AUB's arts departments.

Peter Cook said: "When it came to the design of the studio I wanted to ensure I created a space which all students, from all disciplines – be it fashion design, graphic design, fine art, or architecture like me – could make use of and feel inspired in". 

The structure – designed by Peter Cook and architect firm CRAB Studio – is reportedly the first stand-alone drawing studio to be built at a British art college for more than 100 years. It was officially opened last month by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, who passed away only a few weeks later.

In addition to being a well-known architect, lecturer and writer, Peter Cook founded Archigram – an avant-garde architectural collective formed in the 1960s. Archigram put forward a series of radical concepts including a miniature capsule home and a city installed inside an airship. In 2004, the group was awarded the Royal Gold Medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects. 

Peter is a Royal Academician and a “Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” of the French Republic.

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