Chapter Arts, Cardiff

RIBA Award 2010

Chapter is the heartbeat of creativity in Cardiff and one of the UK’s most successful arts centres. Its home for the past 40 years has been an Edwardian school building which we were asked to refurbish but in a way that would remain true to the original vision of its founders.

We remodelled the public areas – foyers, box office, café, cinemas, gallery and first floor theatre, adding a light box above the main entrance which hosts changing art works.


“The detailing is good; the sense of enlarged space impressive. And while the visual identity of the building’s exterior has utterly changed, it feels evolutionary, not seismic… Ash Sakula is known for its meticulous drawing style and detailed, bespoke approach to specification, and this entire project has an ambience that speaks of an attuned and confident craftsmanship matched by few British architects.”

– Rory Olcayto, Architects’ Journal, March 2010