Arts centre in Elterwater, Cumbria, UK – dedicated to celebrating the artwork of Kurt Schwitters, by hosting a galleries, a library as well as workshops where both local artists and visitors can study & reproduce Schwitters methods of working, called by the artist, Merz. The Building is attached to the Merz Barn – The place where the artist created his last artwork, The Merz Wall.
The building provides homage to the artist as the entrance is made through the original Barn, followed by a gallery where the Merz timeline is introduced. Visitors are invited to participate in recreating the Merz Wall in various workshops, and research his artwork and methods in galleries and a library space. The final part of the route consists of a café, offering the best view of the site.
The building is Environmentally friendly, using slate and timber , local materials used by the artist himself. It maximizes daylight and views, minimizing solar gain and protecting the artwork from solar exposure. It also incorporates the Merz Stream in the Wall Workshop, a water source which has been used by the artist to mix plaster.
Project Name:THE LIVE MERZ ARTS CENTRE
School:The University of Sheffield, UK
Student: Mihai Chiriac
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