UNStudio wins bid to design new future-proofed Business School at UCA Epsom

July 5, 2019 by  
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UNStudio and its team of collaborators have won a competition design a new extension for the Business School for the Creative Industries at UCA Epsom in Farnham, England. Modeled after the historical “Salon of the Enlightenment,” the proposed building will encourage interaction and collaboration throughout the campus with its light-filled design, open circulation, and diversity of gathering spaces and meeting nodes. As part of UNStudio’s commitment to environmentally sustainable design , the new construction will also feature future-proofed energy and water infrastructure and source the majority of the building materials from carbon neutral, renewable sources. Covering an area of a little over 40,000 square feet, the new Building School extension will provide supplementary spaces for the current facility, as well as new undergraduate and post-graduate programs. The design comprises three types of spaces: Creative Spaces that encourage co-working in an open-plan environment and hot desks; Focus Spaces that include labs, seminar rooms and tutorial rooms; and, at the intersection of these former two spaces, Knowledge Exchange, where spontaneous meetings, collaboration and conversation take place in a social core named The Fireplace. This central gathering space for knowledge sharing will be combined with an elevated circulation ring that visually and physically connects the existing and new buildings. “Salons provided fascinating opportunities for debate for intellectuals from all walks of life,” says Ben van Berkel , Founder of UNStudio in a press statement. “Artists, scientists, philosophers, politicians; they all gathered to debate the concerns of their time, cross-fertilising and mutually influencing each other’s ideas along the way. Facilitating such exchange of ideas forms the core of the design for the new Business School.” UNStudio created the competition-winning design in collaboration with John Robertson Architects, Grant Associates, Atelier Ten, and AKT II. Related: UNStudio unveils sustainable vision for “The Smartest Neighborhood in the World” Access to nature and the outdoors is also a key component of the design. The extension will open up to a covered courtyard and adjacent internal garden through walls of glass to blur the boundaries between indoors and out. The abundance of glazing will also maximize natural lighting to minimize dependence on artificial lighting. To further reduce the building’s environment footprint, the architects will implement smart technology that will learn occupancy energy usage patterns over time. + UNStudio Images via UN Studio

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Beautiful public gathering space grants second life to a former fish processing plant

November 10, 2016 by  
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The project. located in a village in the Magdalen Islands, Canada, is part of a larger initiative to build a series of public spaces on 12 panoramic sites. It pays tribute to the workers at sea and reinvigorates an otherwise inaccessible area. An openwork wooden stockade surrounds the site to guide passersby and provide privacy. Related: Canada’s Gorgeous Green-Roofed VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre Now Open to the Public The entire project comprises a service wing, a belvedere, a public market zone, a stage and an agora. Undulating elements represent a stormy sea, while the oscillating wooden counters and benches represent the docks. Interactive terminals and signs educate the visitors on the history of the site. A poem by a local artist contributes to the storytelling quality of the project. The architects used eastern cedar and marine plywood for their resistance in saline environment. + Bourgeois / Lechasseur architecte Via v2com Photos by Adrien Williams

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