img(height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=2939831959404383&ev=PageView&noscript=1")

Luminous cladding

Students have given the new Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at The University of Sheffield a podium finish.

Credit: Bond Bryan Architects

This luminous four-storey cube, design by Bond Bryan architects, appears both solid and translucent at the same time. The outer panels of the main building are clear while those at the rear are faced with yellow to contrast against black industrial style workshops.

The building is designed for use in high-level apprentice training in Formula One, aerospace and energy for Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at The University of Sheffield. The brief required an aesthetically appealing building that achieved a BREEAM “Very good” rating.

Architect Jon Rigby said ‘We wanted a design which achieved a translucent layered quality to the main elevation and assumed different appearances depending on the lighting conditions. It was also important for the entire skin to be monolithic without panel modules and the 18m high Rodeca panels allowed us to achieve this in an elegant way,’ he said.

Around 1,800m2 of Rodeca’s 40mm PC 2540-4 wall panel was used for the rainscreen and internal cladding. These panels were fixed to bespoke bracket systems. With some of the panels 18m in length – the longest ever supplied in the UK – the installation provided some unique challenges, but the end result is quite striking.

For more information visit www.rodeca.co.uk

  • Credit: Bond Bryan Architects
  • Credit: Bond Bryan Architects
12

Latest

‘I wanted to climb on the roof’ – architect Ma Yansong tells John van der Water how he channelled his four-year-old self and ancient history in the design of YueCheng Courtyard Kindergarten

Naughty kids’ delight – a kindergarten roof for climbing on

FCBS hits the back of the net with Ronaldo's Manchester hotel contract. Also this week, Architects Declare takes on Schumacher, Pringle crosses the floor to chair the RIBA, Sunak promises design champions to guide infrastructure billions and Adjaye goes to Jo'burg

FCBS scores for Ronaldo; Schumacher falls foul of Architects Declare

Content aside, what kills or brings to life an exhibit? The frame? The label? The lighting? Dinah Casson’s book investigates the vehicles that make a show work

‘Closed on Mondays’ looks at what makes a show work

As staff seek part home/part office working the role of the office is changing – and that means flexible, multi use workplaces to boost collaboration and productivity

Hybrid working points to most productive and innovative future

Winter’s here, we’re still in lockdown and heading for strict tiers – we’ve some comfortably clad buildings that will make things look up

Comfortably clad buildings to help things look up