A new Architecture School in Greenwich
Talking about the Stirling Prize again, I opted, as first building to be seen, for the new Architecture School for the University of Greenwich, in London, designed by the Irish firm Heneghan Peng Architects.
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The building is located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site so it was demanded to complement the sourrounding historical architecture, specially because of its scale and volume, and I think it does quite well. The University shows sensitivity towards the nearby buildings thanks to the materials choices which characterize it with a modern and recognizable configuration without being too obtrusive.
The elements that strike at first sight are its mass and materiality but these features are immediately softened by recesses and breaks within the continuity of the limestone facade which shows interesting traits thanks to the lights and shadows effect created by the large windows placed slightly backwards.
I took a quick peek even inside but just at the ground floor since a badge is required to enter in the library or to have access to the proper university spaces. The interior looks completely dissimilar from the outside, in fact it is characterized by an industrial look and bare spaces with the raw concrete structure left visible.
My answer is totally positive, I was definitely fascinated when I visited the Wu Campus in Wien (for a moment I thought about a degree in Economics and Business just to be able to attend some courses there!)