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Design for south coast observatory chosen

The studio and workshop Image copyright SPUD
Image caption The two rooms incorporate a workshop and an artist's studio

A rotating pair of rectangular rooms has been named the winning design for a temporary artist's studio proposed for four locations across England.

Twelve artists will work in the space for two months each over two years.

It will spend six months in Winchester, the New Forest National Park, the South Dorset Ridgeway and the River Tamar.

A competition to design the observatory was launched by the Winchester-based Space Placemaking and Urban Design (SPUD) organisation in March.

The structure, chosen from more than 50 entries, was developed by four architecture graduates from London and Devon-based artist Edward Crumpton.

The two rooms incorporate a workshop to be used by the public, local schools, colleges, universities and community workshops and a study area for the artist.

The design allows the rooms to pivot to give an alternative field of vision.

The four locations for the studio and workshop are The Winchester Science Centre on the South Downs, Lymington Salt Marshes in the New Forest National Park, the South Dorset Ridgeway and the River Tamar in Devon and Cornwall.

SPUD said the £50,000 project hoped to encourage public access to art following on from its project, the Exbury Egg, a giant egg anchored on a Hampshire river, inhabited by artist Stephen Turner for a year.

Image copyright SPUD
Image caption The resident artist will be able to rotate each of the rooms to give an alternative field of vision

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