The Bartlett School of Architecture, Bloomsbury

Simple and unpretentious new enclosure

The Bartlett School of Architecture, Bloomsbury by Hawkins\Brown
The Bartlett School of Architecture, Bloomsbury by Hawkins\Brown Credit: Jack Hobhouse

Hawkins\Brown for UCL

Contract value: £21.5m

GIA: 8,900m²

This proposal remodels and extends the Bartlett’s 1970s Wates House, located in the Bloomsbury conservation area. It strips back the original structure, wraps it in a new skin and more than doubles the usable area available to the school.

The jury described the meeting of the school’s complex requirements as extremely successful. The ability to provide a desk for each student was a major achievement, while the building’s elevation provides a simple and unpretentious new enclosure.

  • The Bartlett School of Architecture, Bloomsbury by Hawkins\Brown
    The Bartlett School of Architecture, Bloomsbury by Hawkins\Brown Credit: Jack Hobhouse
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture, Bloomsbury by Hawkins\Brown
    The Bartlett School of Architecture, Bloomsbury by Hawkins\Brown Credit: Jack Hobhouse
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture, Bloomsbury by Hawkins\Brown
    The Bartlett School of Architecture, Bloomsbury by Hawkins\Brown Credit: Jack Hobhouse
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture, Bloomsbury by Hawkins\Brown
    The Bartlett School of Architecture, Bloomsbury by Hawkins\Brown Credit: Jack Hobhouse
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture, Bloomsbury by Hawkins\Brown
    The Bartlett School of Architecture, Bloomsbury by Hawkins\Brown Credit: Jack Hobhouse
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The general impression is of an energetic and exciting place to work, with occasional generous corners in which to relax or study. The jury felt that this was a successful reincarnation that offers the potential for students to take further ownership of the building in future.


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