RIBA Chartered Practice

Chase Home Studio | Private House Extension

Paul Cashin Architects 'PCA' is a creative RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Chartered Architecture practice based in Winchester, Hampshire. PCA takes a design-led approach to the practise of contemporary architecture, believing that well thought and considered design is essential to the creation of successful architectural space.

The practice undertakes contemporary architectural design projects across residential, commercial and civic sectors of the construction industry. Currently having a number of live projects across Winchester, Hampshire and the South Coast including one-off new build houses, extensions and commercial business projects.

As a small practice, our strength lies in our inclusive and personal approach, working directly with clients, consultants, and contractors, encouraging the cross over between architecture and other areas of art and design.

We are in a consistent state of process, working through a range of media including physical and computer models, hand and computer drawings, sketching and conceptual diagrams, discussions and presentations.

Paul Cashin Architects was founded in 2012 by Paul Cashin. Paul studied Architecture at the Universities of Portsmouth and Vienna, graduating in 2011 with an RIBA Presidents Medal nomination. He has worked for numerous practices, including Design Engine Architects working on contemporary university, school, housing and one-off house projects between 2008 and 2012. Paul has also taught at the University of Portsmouth and was a member of the Project Office for the school. Paul started PCA in 2012 which has set up offices in Winchester in 2016.

Paul is an RIBA Chartered Architect registered with the ARB.


Chase Home Studio | Hampshire

Home Music Studio and Car Workshop

Status: Completed 2018

Client: Private  

Type: Commercial

The client approached us to design a contemporary musicians studio space in their garden as part of a 1960’s bungalow renovation near Andover, Hampshire.

The brief required an economical approach to the project and included provisions for a suitable protective and acoustic environment for their baby grand piano with an adjoining garage/workshop to house their growing collection of classic cars. The studio should be of a contemporary design while visually being respectful of its surroundings and the existing house.

The cellular design of the building is located along the site boundary to allow for space to maintain side access into the garden. The garage space is constructed from brick and incorporates feature windows to provide an abundance of light to the workspace for the clients engine work shop, and clerestory fenestration for ventilation. In contrast, the music studio takes the form or a timber framed lean-to with openings looking out onto the garden.

Atmospherically, the use of a softer material, in this case timber, juxtaposes against the brick and creates a distinct divide in the architecture: the more utilitarian working environment against the more welcoming and comforting studio space. While the music studio is intended to act as a sort of sanctuary, with a feeling of being removed from the main house, it was important to establish a connection with the architecture’s context; to the garden and the natural environment outside. The glazed openings to the garden provide depth to the space which serves as both a visual backdrop and as creative inspiration.

Pragmatically, the oblique plan minimises sound reverberation and the entire space is acoustically insulated with built-in baffling and a large curtain for the glazed portions. A raised decked route from the main house to a corner garden completes the scheme.

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