Sarah Featherstone, MA NE course tutor and co-founder of the architectural firm Featherstone Young, has been praised in a Guardian architectural review for the understated re-design of a covered market in Wrexham to include a new arts space.
Tŷ Pawb, meaning “Everyone’s House” in Welsh, is designed as a space that unites art and commerce to benefit the local community. Preserving the building’s connection with it’s original surroundings, architects Featherstone Young have successfully integrated a new art gallery and performance space alongside the original market place, in order to attract a broader range of visitors to both places.
Only time will tell if this hybrid combination of art and commerce will benefit the community in the long term but, as Rowan Moore ends his article; “What can already be said is that the place feels right for its aspirations. It is welcoming, animated, open, unpretentious and multifarious, while also calm and dignified. If this can’t bring art and everyday life together, I don’t know what will”.
Read the Guardian review of the Tŷ Pawb design here: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/sep/01/ty-pawb-review-art-gallery-everybodys-house-wrexham-market