University of Arts London, School of Fashion, London, UK, 2015

The London College of Fashion at the University of the Arts London reimagines spaces in which learning takes place by establishing new links among disciplines and overlapping shared programs. The building brings together six previously separate departments into one site to create a porous condition that explores collaborative educational models. Amongst profound transformations in the sharing of information, the university as a physical space is a significant social condenser and symbolic space of collaboration.

The vertical campus achieves porosity with subject-clusters, which eschew traditional department divisions. A network of atria are the permeable border between subject-clusters, providing circulation via spiral staircases and informal gathering spaces. Their strategic location heightens the awareness of various activities within the building. These aspects, in tandem with the collective quality of these spaces—workshops, studios and exhibitions—make the atria the social nodes of the campus.

Client
City of London / University of Arts London

Location
London, UK

Program
School of fashion, classrooms, lounge areas

Area
32.000 m² / 344,000 sf

Status
Competition, 2015

Team
Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu, Ilias Papageorgiou, Ted Baab, Nazanin Nayini, Lucie Rebeyrol, Pietro Pagliaro, Molly Minot-Hubley

Collaborators
Engineer: Ramboll
Landscape: Gross Max
Facades: Eckersley O’Callaghan
Transportation: Steer Davies Gleave
Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald
Lighting: Speirs + Major
Pattern Designers: Eley Kishimoto
Interactive/Interiors & Communication: AB

University of Arts London, School of Fashion, exterior view
University of Arts London, School of Fashion, interior view
University of Arts London, School of Fashion, model
University of Arts London, School of Fashion, model
University of Arts London, School of Fashion, section
University of Arts London, School of Fashion, ground floor plan
University of Arts London, School of Fashion, fifth floor plan
University of Arts London, School of Fashion, seventh floor plan