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Barbara Hepworth Building, Huddersfield

Design unites previously disassociated disciplines by creating interconnected spaces and studios

Barbara Hepworth Building, Huddersfield
Barbara Hepworth Building, Huddersfield Credit: Daniel Hopkinson

AHR for University of Huddersfield
Contract value: £21.6m 
GIA: 7,232m2
Cost per m2: £2,987

The University of Huddersfield wanted a collaborative learning environment for design-focused teaching. Home to the School of Art, Design and Architecture, the building’s design unites previously disassociated disciplines by creating interconnected spaces and studios. Endorsed by the Barbara Hepworth Foundation, the university wanted the architecture to reflect the sculptor’s abstract design approach. The site’s challenging topography with a 5m step change was addressed by the way the design ‘folds’ its way up the sloping site and forms a central atrium that affords open views, terminating in an 18m cantilever over the adjacent canal.

  • Barbara Hepworth Building, Huddersfield
    Barbara Hepworth Building, Huddersfield Credit: Daniel Hopkinson
  • Barbara Hepworth Building, Huddersfield
    Barbara Hepworth Building, Huddersfield Credit: Daniel Hopkinson
  • Barbara Hepworth Building, Huddersfield
    Barbara Hepworth Building, Huddersfield Credit: Daniel Hopkinson
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