West Dean College

West Dean College is a unique community in the Sussex Downs, a creative mix of artists and craftspeople, conservators and restorers. The practice refurbished a wing of the college’s Grade II* listed flint country house building. 11 new bedrooms with en-suite facilities were constructed for students on short courses and conference delegates. Rooms and circulation spaces have been designed to reflect the history of the building, the ethos of the college, and the legacy of its founder, the poet and surrealist collector Edward James. Each bedroom is entered through a shared ‘stoop’ to promote creative conversation & exchange. Previously dark corridors are top-lit by skylight lanterns, lined with copper leaf. Each bedroom contains an etched blue glass bathroom, like a light-box within the room.