Bright idea wins Bond Bryan competition

Niki
Wednesday 18 Nov 2009

109 designs surpassed by colourful concept for Sheffield Hallam University

A design featuring translucent walls, bright colours, a novelty facade and two floating blocks has won Sheffield Hallam University's competition to design its new £25 million, 9,500 sq m building for the Faculty of Development & Society within the city’s Cultural Industries Quarter (CIQ).

Bond Bryan's design beat off competition from 109 other architecture firms who applied for the competition. 43 were chosen to submit ideas before a shortlist of 10 was picked.

Alex Pettifer, Director of Estates for Sheffield Hallam University said: “Numerous practises were interviewed in a two stage process through which Bond Bryan became the architect of choice to all of us involved within the University. They captured the imagination of all the interview panel through their careful and deliberate approach to meeting our brief. It is a tremendous achievement on their part and I look forward to working with them over coming months and finally watching the building developed to add the landmark touch to our landscape I know it will”.

Bond Bryan associate Matt Hutton advised that the translucent walls came out of the requirement for the building to become a landmark within the city: "Using translucent wall elements means that the building will shine and be seen across the city’s night skyline."

The project, which also features a facade design with latticed forks and spoons, will sit adjacent to the Grade II listed Butcher Works building. With interest from English Heritage, Bond Bryan took this proximity as a feature of the design:“We have designed-in a trace of the existing Brown Lane across the middle of the building, using it as the orientation device of the scheme and making it the social/learning heart of the building. The idea is that collaborative work and learning will function within a social/learning zone, blurring the boundaries between formal and informal learning.“The building also features a top floor multi-use roof space incorporating the jagged ‘saw tooth’ look of former factory roofs, to reflect the historical significance of the site, and connected roof gardens,"adds Hutton.

The building is scheduled for completion in 2012.

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