The planned student-facilities building functions as the tip of the iceberg of a disparate university campus. The campus, located within an urban block, had grown over the years by annexing whatever kind of structure came to hand. The building site is located along the city’s ring road, obviously destined to accommodate the next row house. In order to compensate for its minimal scale, the new student building would have to be exciting enough to stimulate intelligent campus development, yet diplomatic towards its annexed academic forebears.
Our proposal aimed for maximum pragmatism combined with an urban momentum. The construction is a straightforward brick and concrete structure, wrapped in a ‘hound’s-tooth’ pattern, creating different scales and depths of perception. The building maintains a closed facade towards the street and opens up on the long sides. Once past the gate, one finds oneself in a public ground floor occupying the entire plot with indoor& outdoor facilities.