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Ercol Furniture Factory

location: Princes Risborough

year: 2002

client: Ercol Holdings Ltd

Ercol, which has been manufacturing timber furniture in England since 1920, needed to relocate from its crowded site in High Wycombe. Its new 15,000 sqm factory at nearby Princes Risborough has been designed as a horizontal pavilion reaching out into the beautiful surroundings by extending the frame of the building into the landscape.

The close relationship with adjacent and existing trees is enhanced by the planting of new trees within the frame of the building, which also breaks down the scale of the factory. Employees and visitors approach the building past a series of asymmetric screens experiencing views and reflections of the landscape before reaching the welcoming entrance canopy which is part of the extended building frame. Internally, office and factory functions are combined in a unified, more democratic and creative working environment.