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Paul Cashin Architects | Contemporary Chartered Architects in Winchester, Hampshire / News

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.

Paul Cashin Architects - Research Trip to London

As part of our on-going trips to award winning buildings and architecture, we have recently taken the train up from our studio in Hampshire to visit London, touring a number of new architecture projects as well as enjoying the city in a broader general sense.

New or fairly recently completed projects include the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion in Hyde Park, the new V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum) extension in South Kensington and the Gagosian Gallery between Mayfair and Piccadilly.

Berlin-based, Burkina Faso Architect, Diebedo Franic Kere’s Serpentine Pavilion reaches out of the ground like a tree - from which he took inspiration for the concept. It features weaving deep blue walls, constructed from triangular arrangements of cut timber pieces. The walls open up to the landscape and draw you into the courtyard and gathering space that they form at the centre.

A large timber dressed canopy seems to float and sail beyond these walls, supported by a steel lattice structure. The canopy is used to collect rainwater, that falls like a waterfall in the centre of the courtyard, funneling down to an irrigation tank beneath the pavilion. Perforations in the roof canopy and walls allow flickers of light through to the courtyard, reminiscent of sunlight dancing through the branches of a tree.

Amanda Levete Architect’s (AL_A) V&A extension combines a new entrance, cafe and subterranean exhibition space. In appearance, the project has a completely contemporary architectural aesthetic that juxtaposes against the Grade I listed building of the V&A. Although the exhibition space was un-populated during our visit, the emptiness created a rather sublime and thought-provoking experience. Especially in contrast to the successfully lively and active public space at the entrance.

Caruso St John’s extension to the Gagosian Gallery was completed in 2015. Internally, the space is an expertly crafted subdued blank canvas, suitable for the necessary flexibility that most gallery space requires. White walls contrast with dark oak flooring. While we were there we had the pleasure of viewing an immensely illuminating exhibit on the studies of Picasso. Externally, large windows and doors punctuate the grey brick building skin. The appearance of the building seemed to be a carefully considered composition of minimal elements and discreetly refined details - such as the long linear proportionality of the bricks or the sharp articulation of the coping.

These projects have definitely given us great inspiration and talking points for our own work and approach within our Winchester based studio.  

More information of these projects can be found on Dezeen. Please see the links below:

Serpentine Pavilion: https://www.dezeen.com/2017/06/20/serpentine-gallery-pavilion-diebedo-francis-kere-architecture-london-uk/

V&A Extension: https://www.dezeen.com/2017/06/28/ala-amanda-levete-v-a-victoria-albert-museum-exhibition-road-quarter-courtyard-gallery-london/

Gagosian Gallery: https://www.dezeen.com/2015/10/12/gagosian-grosvenor-hill-gallery-caruso-st-john-mayfair-london/

Amanda Levete Architects, V&A Entrance, London

Amanda Levete Architects, V&A Entrance, London

Amanda Levete Architects, V&A Subterranean Extension, London

Amanda Levete Architects, V&A Subterranean Extension, London

Caruso St. John, Gagosian Gallery, London

Caruso St. John, Gagosian Gallery, London

Caruso St. John, Gagosian Gallery, London

Caruso St. John, Gagosian Gallery, London

Caruso St. John, Gagosian Gallery, London

Caruso St. John, Gagosian Gallery, London

For more examples of our contemporary architecture designs please view our selected projects here, or if you would like to discuss a project please view our contact page here.