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Ice Cream Research Facility Black Mountains, Wales

9 Nov 2020

Design: Hyde + Hyde Architects

Hyde + Hyde Architects were approached in winter 2018 to develop a design for a new high quality, contextual product development building within the foothills of the Black Mountains, Wales.

Ice Cream Research Facility Black Mountains

Ice Cream Research Building in the Black Mountains

Background + Landscape

Where you work and what you make is inexplicably linked. The Black Mountain range is the backdrop to the working environment, a landscape forged and formed through glacial action over the ages.

Ice Cream Research Facility Black Mountains

The small family business has developed an international brand and reputation, and now finds itself in this beautiful location where landscape and work intertwine. Whilst the existing factory and production building embodies a tried and tested formulaic response, practical, simplistic, efficient and introverted. The new brief for a ‘Research Facility’ calls for a new symbolism to emerge that is both local and global in its outlook.

Ice Cream Research Facility Black Mountains

In the distance from the site a mountain landscape can be seen, inside the factory Ice cream is made. Conveniently and serendipitously both processes involve ice.

Ice Cream Research Facility Black Mountains

Symbolism: Brand image becomes Architecture

Depth of connection is in the coldness of the product and the mountain symbolism. Hyde + Hyde Architects have interpreted these narratives into a vivid and iconic skyline diagram of perfectly white cascading forms that extend out from the site as a beacon to passers-by of something elemental and global in its appeal, cool – yet locally derived from context, passion and place.

Hyde + Hyde Architects studio crit:
Hyde + Hyde Architects studio crit

During the day these glacial objects reach up above the building to the sky and can be seen juxtaposed against the distant hills. The building reaches out from its site. During the night the object glows as a beacon drawing people closer. Creating place.

Plan = History + Process

site layout:
Ice Cream Research Building in the Black Mountains site layout

The plan has developed as a linear opportunity which is a direct interpretation of the process of manufacture. The building is a symbol and a sign. It has developed through an understanding of the function of manufacture as a process in space and time and further transforms these processes into a memorable architectural experience that celebrates the products created.

ground floor plan:
Ice Cream Research Building Black Mountains ground floor plan

first floor plan:
Ice Cream Research Building Black Mountains first floor plan

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Ice Cream Research Facility Black Mountains image / information from Hyde + Hyde Architects

Hyde + Hyde Architects studio directors:
Hyde + Hyde Architects studio directors UK

Location: Black Mountains, Wales

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