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HULT International Business School

Rigorous discipline with sureness of touch

Credit: Kristien Daem

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.

  • Credit: Kristien Daem
  • Credit: Kristien Daem
  • Credit: Sergison Bates
  • Credit: Sergison Bates

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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