Town House University Center, London
Grafton Architects 

Town House University Center, London

Grafton Architects 

With its detailing of asymmetrical portal frames, the university building serves as a symbolic gate connecting London to the bordering municipality of Kingston upon Thames. The building’s distinctive image as a delicately asymmetrical altarpiece gives the idea of an urban gateway, and expresses the open and participatory spirit that universities nowadays are expected to have. The interior composition is thought out to grant the public a central role, with double- and triple-height spaces created to function as agoras for teachers and the student body to constantly socialize and interact in. The structure of the portal frames is slightly misaligned, both on plan and in section, in order to obtain subtle planar changes, while the use of concrete, stone, and brick suggests a certain idea of austerity.

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Obra Work

Centro universitario Town House, Kingston University (United Kingdom).

Arquitectos Architects

Grafton Architects / Yvonne Farrell, Shelley McNamara (socias partners).

Colaboradores Collaborators

AKT II (estructuras structures); Chapman Bpsd, DES Electrical /CMD Engineering (instalaciones MEP); Turner & Towsend (project manager, BIM, CMD); Willmott Dixon Construction (constructor contractor).

Cliente Client

Kinston University.

Fotos Photos

Ed Reeve; Dennis Gilbert