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Ron Cooke Hub, University of York, UK

Building Design Partners

Building Design Partnership were commissioned in May 2007 by the University of York to design the Cluster 1 buildings that form the first phase of the new Heslington East campus. The Ron Cooke Hub will be the public face of the Heslington East development. It is the building through which visitors from outside the University will enter the Cluster and as such is the most significant location on the site.

The building is designed to act as a focal point, around which the lake together with the cluster of academic and residential buildings of the new Heslington East campus converge while simultaneously presenting a public face to the outside world by way of a signature building.

At the Central Boulevard, the copper lecture theatre nestles underneath the high point of the roof and acts as a visual beacon terminating this main vista. The conceptual significance of this beacon, containing as is does a state of the art 120 seat raked lecture theatre, exemplifies the importance of teaching and learning ethos to the University.

The lecture theatre is clad in standing seam copper. This treatment is carried through to express the form internally, giving the impression of penetrating the copper ‘pod’ when walking from the main foyer into the lecture theatre.

Copper is also used on the western stair tower to provide a visual marker to the western entrance at the termination of the diagonal pedestrian route through the campus.

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Building

Owner: 
University of York
Completion date: 
2010
Country: 
United Kingdom
City: 
York

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Type of building: 
Educational
Copper used: 
Classic
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Building Design Partnership
Address & description: 
1 North BankSheffieldS3 8JY

Copper contractors

Title: 
Varla (UK) Ltd

Awards

Season: 
2011

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