Teaching and Learning Centre

Written by Andrew Houston Architectural Assistant

What do you do when today’s students expect more from their academic experience? The answer is to provide a bespoke building offering flexible and smart learning environments that embrace the latest thinking in Higher Education.

This double-storey teaching and learning block accommodates almost 2000sqm of new space and links with the University’s existing library to create an extensive learning resource centre. The brief emerged from a series of formal engagement sessions and informal collaboration via image sharing social networks such as Pinterest. Key requirements were flexible and adaptable space designed to meet the University’s future needs. Also, the creation of dynamic environments that support social and personalised learning by encouraging students to use the building in an informal, flexible way that blurs the boundaries between traditional learning and social activity.

Sector(s)

  • Higher Education

Value
£4m

Client(s)
Leeds Trinity University

Size
2,000m²

Location
Leeds, UK

Design

The design responds sensitively to the steeply sloping site and prominence of the adjacent landmark library building. Its plan is a simple arrangement of three efficient rectilinear volumes, each one cranking in direct response to its surrounding constraints and context. A simple composition of brick, cladding, glass and projecting eaves combine to diminish the buildings presence as it increases in height. The brief called for a single point of entry that knits-together the library and new learning space. The solution was to remodel the existing entrance foyer into free flowing node that welcomes its users. Generous circulation throughout creates a clear coherent strategy of open and interconnected spaces. A double height atrium space provides exceptional daylighting into the projects social heart.

The Team

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