Rochester Cathedral Storage Cube
The space behind the high alter at Rochester Cathedral had become a dumping ground for various pieces of liturgical equipment and paraphernalia. Whilst the storage was welcome the method was inefficient and unbefitting of the location.
The storage cube was conceived as a large inhabited piece of furniture making fullest use of the space available. The high quality joinery fitting straddles a tomb with its weight transferred to the line of the crypt vaulting below. It provides storage on two levels, the lower of which provides a vestment press, storage for bulky items and altar frontal hanging racks. The upper platform is accessed by a nautical inspired alternating tread stair and provides generous storage cupboards.
The refined vertical panels of dark stained ash that make up the simple form sit precisely and almost invisibly behind the ornate Reredos, revealing its illuminated soft and warm innards when a section is opened.
Inspiration was taken from the medieval panels of the Cathedrals Sacristy combined with the idea of a shipping container, both share a corduroy style aesthetic, concealing contents visually and securely.
Shortlisted for the Architect’s Journal Small Projects Awards 2016