The gateway building at the University of Southampton (Engineering, Education and Entrance Building) has an innovative internal 'street' behind its sheer glass façade.
This internal street was the defining response to the university’s requirement for architecture that conveyed a strong sense of welcome, and internal activity. The ‘street’ also contributes to energy conservation, allowing a greater level of passive ventilation than is usual in glass-walled buildings. The internal programme is based on a range of versatile and convivial teaching and study spaces.
In another innovation, the base colours of digital images – red, blue and green – were used to create informal patterns on the EEE Building’s façade. And these colours were then treated as internal spatial ‘highlighters’ by being pulled back into the core of the building to give a lively character to break-out spaces. In the 430-seat lecture theatre, the main event space, red and blue were dispersed asymmetrically across the seating, repeating the informality of the colour patterning on the EEE Building’s façade.
Winner, RICS Awards 2008, Regeneration Award
John McAslan + Partners, Architect
James Nisbet and Partners, Cost Consultant
Anthony Ward Partnership, Structural Engineer
Parsons Brinkerhoff, MEP Engineer,
HBG Construction, Main Contractor
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