Horsebridge Gallery, Whitstable

The brief for the Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre was for a boat-like structure which directed the public into the centre and away from the automatic entrance doors.

We designed the curved sweep of the structure to incorporate staff access and enclose the reception systems, allowing space for two people behind the counter, but without occupying too much room in this busy area. The curved fascia was made from a combination of bendy ply and Neatform MDF, with the top made from a hard-wearing Birch ply finished in clear lacquer. The porthole allowed the receptionist to be aware of new customers coming in.

Seven years on from the initial installation and this structure is still as good looking as it was on day one!