2018 - click > to browse thumbnails - click pictures to browse images full size
|We were given a presentation explaining the history of the campus and the development of the current cluster of buildings.
Some older buildings in the centre of the campus that were no longer fit for purpose and were restricting movement on-site had to be demolished to make way for the new Pavillion building.
The façade was ingeniously articulated by a series of rectangular spaces providing fully serviced study cubicles inside the building and sheltered places to socialise outside.
The distinctive low concrete arches of the roof line reminded some members of the architecture in Isfahan.
We entered a light and airy building that was being used by groups of students for socialising and study. It was an exciting space, but the atmosphere was relaxed, quiet and workmanlike.
Evans Vettori had cleverly linked the pavillion seamlessly to the existing refectory, inserting clerestory windows above the eating area to give a greater feeling of light and space.
The existing library was treated to a glazed extension which improved circulation, linking it more clearly with the Pavillion and providing a dry route in bad weather.
Modern furnishings were a major factor in humanising the large spaces and giving it an exciting feel. All soft furnishings were covered in pure wool sourced from the Isle of Bute.
Furniture was used in a variety of groupings to satisfy a range of student activities. This continued in the refectory where tables, chairs and stools gave numerous options for dining.