Cardiff Met’s new Art and Design School Accommodation is shortlisted for Welsh Architecture Awards


​Cardiff Met's School of Art and Design.

​Accommodation for Cardiff Metropolitan University's Cardiff School of Art and Design (CSAD) has been shortlisted for a Welsh Architecture Award.

Cardiff School of Art and Design's new and refurbished accommodation is one of twelve buildings across Wales to be shortlisted by the Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW). If successful at the next stage, the School's building could be recommended for an internationally acclaimed Royal Institute of British Architects Award.

During 2011, Cardiff Metropolitan University committed to providing a new £14 million building development on its Llandaff campus to accommodate Cardiff School of Art & Design (CSAD). The accommodation was fully completed in 2014 and was fully functional by the beginning of the 2014/15 academic year. 

Designed by award-winning architects Austin-Smith: Lord, CSAD has a beautiful building with an external finish that changes colour with the light. The adjoining building has been refurbished to ensure continuity of design, and is joined by a glass link. In the fitting out and furnishing of the accommodation, the project team drew upon the design expertise within the School. This enabled exciting choices in the use of finishing materials as well as furnishing.

The new building is distinguished by a significant sculpture by the Welsh sculptor Gideon Petersen, based on the University's crest. The link building also has an installation by the emerging painter and graduate of CSAD, Aidan Myers.

The Welsh Architecture Awards have become the benchmark in identifying the best new architecture in Wales. A panel from the Royal Society of Architects in Wales will visit the Cardiff School of Art and Design later this month and winners will be announced in April.

Professor Gaynor Kavanagh, Dean of CSAD at Cardiff Metropolitan University said: "The new facilities on the Llandaff campus achieved exactly what we worked towards; accommodation that is full of possibilities and generosity of spirit"

"The project team, in which we were active participants, achieved a level of understanding and shared ambition that particularly enabled the delivery of this amazing facility. 

"It was a challenge for all involved, as what we needed was full of apparent contradictions.  We have processes that range from the industrial to the most contemporary of technologies. We can be mucky, but also need pristine cleanliness.  We can be noisy, but need a peaceful atmosphere in which to work.  We create waste and fumes, but want to recycle as much as possible.  We like working as individuals, but draw on the passion of the collective which is the School.

"What we have now is a delight.  More than that, it is already loved by those who work and study here.

"We are delighted that CSAD has been shortlisted for a Welsh Architecture Award, and hope that the judging panel will be as knocked out by the building as we are."