Press

‘It began with cider’: how a group of young parents transformed a Somerset harbour

Olly Wainwright, Guardian October 2021

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/oct/20/watchet-east-quay-arts-centre-onion-collective & in print

….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.

Rooms for improvement: new pods pep up an unsung Somerset coastal town

Sally Howard, Guardian December 2021

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2021/dec/15/watchet-north-somerset-new-pods-pep-up-an-unsung-coastal-town & in print

….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

https://www.dezeen.com/2021/11/10/east-quay-arts-centre-watchet-onion-collective-invisible-studio/

Watchet adds local flavour with East Quay community space

Eleanor Young, RIBA J, January 2022

https://www.ribaj.com/buildings/east-quay-watchet-somerset-piers-taylor-invisible-studio

“…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.”