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This tour of the UAL Campus for Central Saint Martins will be led by Kaori Ohsugi, Associate at Stanton Williams,who worked on the award winning campus project.
The design combines the 19th century Grade II listed Granary building and transit sheds – with a 200 metre long new building that uses industrial materials and creates robust spaces for the students, full of natural light. An internal street draws daylight in and acts as a central circulation spine with suspended walkways, cafes, film, graphic and light projections.
The spaces were designed to be flexible and ‘raw’, to allow the different departments within the college to develop their own identities, whilst maintaining the integrity of the buildings as a whole.
Performance spaces including two theatres and dance studios were designed alongside exhibition areas, a roof garden, bar and ticketing area. A sustainable energy strategy, including photovoltaic cells, has led to the building achieving a BREEAM rating of ’very good’.
In addition, Stanton Williams were also asked by King’s Cross developer, Argent, to create a new events pavilion at the edge of Goods Yard Square in front of the Granary building, and to design their new offices in one of the preserved transit sheds.
The project won numerous awards including an RIBA Award, World Architecture Festival Award, Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence and a New London Award.