Five “quirky” sleeping pods top Watchet’s East Quay arts centre
Tom Ravenscroft, August 2022
UK studios Pearce+ and Fægen have designed the interiors of five sleeping pods that stand on top of the Invisible Studio-designed arts centre on the dockside in Watchet, UK.
Watchet adds local flavour with East Quay community space
Eleanor Young, RIBA J, January 2022
“…what is missing in detail design in much of the building is being brought to life in a spectacularly fun way by PEARCE+Fægen, a group of two young architects and an artist who moved down to Watchet to do the interiors.”
Rooms for improvement: new pods pep up an unsung Somerset coastal town
Sally Howard, Guardian December 2021
….The five pods (which sleep between two and four) are multi-level metal boxes inspired by Watchet’s industrial and maritime history with, as Jess puts it, “a bit of graffiti and steampunk thrown in”. Each pod is individually themed – Playful Architecture, for example, has adaptive furniture … and a cargo net to kip in, and Industrial Heritage features a ship’s ladder and a bespoke iron bathtub with a view. The pods are tucked between artists’ studios, to encourage visitors to pop in for a cuppa and check out the artists’ collaborative productions…..
East Quay arts centre in Watchet takes cues from ad-hoc harbour buildings
Amy Frearson, Dezeen, October 2021
‘It began with cider’: how a group of young parents transformed a Somerset harbour
Olly Wainwright, Guardian October 2021
….young practice PEARCE+Fægen designed the “anti-classroom” education space and the inventive accommodation pods. Working with local school groups, they have concocted a playful learning landscape, with a multilevelled platform structure that allows kids to work in, on and under a stepped frame, or balance on a range of inflatable fabric balls that hang from the wall. It’s a suitably experimental setting for everything from after-school clubs to elderly dementia groups.…