The Lightbox
The Lightbox at dusk

The Colour Factory Lightbox has landed……

The Colour Factory Lightbox is a truly unique building designed by Dan Brill Architects in collaboration with the Colour Factory, with the main funding coming from Arts Council England South East, Winchester City Council and Pennington Solicitors.  It opened for Making Merry in November 2008.  The  building itself was the result of an innovative and collaborative project between the Colour Factory, Dan Brill and local builders and craftsmen.  

The project was driven by an extremely tight construction budget which influenced the design.  Architect Dan Brill said, “It is an exercise in using a minimal palette of materials to maximum effect”.  To this end, the building is comprised of a small timber structure clad in transluscent, colourful polycarbonate panels.  The playful, colourful nature of the building reflects the ethos of The Colour Factory and provides an environment where colourful and imaginative ideas are realised.  Carefully crafted holes in the plywood interior provide pools of coloured light during the day, and glowing circles of colour to the exterior at night.

 Jenny Muncaster said, “This building was created over the summer of 2008 by a team of brilliant builders and craftsmen.  It is amazing in these times when people are having to cut back how much support we had from local companies and experts, in terms of time, expertise and donating materials to allow the building to be completed.  We were truly overwhelmed by the generosity that was demonstrated by the people we worked with”.

Sponsors of the project include: Rodeca Ltd; Dan Brill of Dan Brill Architects; Ian Scammell of Scammell & Higgins; County Windows; PC Henderson Ltd, Durham; Colin Butler of Butler & King Ltd; Gordon Lockhart of Scott White and Hookins Ltd; John Beames of Wilkins Kennedy; Crown Paints.  The building  was realised by Andrew Higgins and Adrian Langhorn of Andrew Higgins Carpentery and Joinery.

The Colour Factory runs regular workshops for all ages and abilities in the Lightbox.  We are keen to hear from local artists who would like to use the facility to run their own creative workshops, and other local people and/or companies who are interested in hiring this unique facility for corporate or private events.  Email us for more information
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The Colour Factory,  The Lodge,  Gordon Road,  Winchester,  Hants  01962 870789