Design Engine Architects has created a gateway to the Winchester University campus, boldly composed of three distinct geometric forms
Design Engine Architects for University of Winchester
Contract value: £35m
Cost per m²: £4,667
Situated on an arterial route through Winchester, the West Downs Centre is a gateway to the university campus on both sides of the road. Designed to make a statement, its bold composition of three distinct geometric forms around a calm courtyard garden is enlivened by a strong material palette incorporating knapped flint, Corten steel and zinc.
A five-storey rectangular teaching block provides a backdrop to a circular auditorium and triangular library which frame the entrance from the street. Circulation spaces and large open-plan areas are robust and flexible, with exposed concrete structure and services. A more tailored approach distinguishes facilities such as an intimate contemplation space and the intense, steeply-raked auditorium, creating an enjoyable range of spatial experiences that are revealed over time.