Rigorous discipline with sureness of touch
HULT International Business School
Sergison Bates Architects for HULT International Business School
Contract value: £3.7m. GIA: 4300m2
Conversion of a grade II-listed brewery and a concrete framed extension provides a new undergraduate campus for this business school. The main move is the insertion of a bold and generous open timber staircase in a previously uninhabited atrium space, creating a new focus of interaction and movement in the building.
The design’s strength is that the existing building is left free to express itself. High ceilings, existing timber and concrete floors and elegant free-standing columns are treated with a light touch. All the new insertions are constructed from lime-washed timber, which provided a clarity and harmony in the expression of the new and existing elements of the design. The result combines rigorous discipline with a sureness of architectural touch – the work of truly skilled hands.
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