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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
07/02/2020

Grafton Architects, building for Kingston University in London

 
Named Town House, this is an educational building by the Dublin practice of Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, recipients of the 2020 RIBA Gold Medal.

Acting as a front door for Kingston University and as a gateway to the Greater London borough of Kingston upon Thames, the interlinked volumes are covered with with stone colonnades that wrap around the six floor levels in a play of different heights. The brick-clad inner facade presents floor-to-ceiling windows. Terraces in the upper levels encourage outdoor circulation and give views of the city and the River Thames.

To encourage interaction the design is open, seeking to connect the interior spaces visually. Town House harbors the university’s main library and archive, alongside dance studios, a theater, adaptable learning space, and two cafés.
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