City of Westminster College / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Architects: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Area: 24,000 m²
Year: 2010
Photography: Adam Mørk
Engineer: Buro Happold
City: London
Country: United Kingdom

The new flagship Campus for City of Westminster College designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects in London has revolutionized educational spaces with its modern design and extensive open learning areas. Completed in 2010, this 24,000m² campus promotes interaction among students through adaptable and light-filled spaces centered around a terraced atrium. The project prioritizes sustainability and community engagement with public areas near the main entrance.

The new flagship campus for City of Westminster College by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects supports innovative teaching and learning methods. The 24,000 m² College, designed to provide ample open learning spaces and state-of-the-art facilities, won a competition in 2006. It fosters interaction and diversity, promoting both formal and informal learning among students.

City of westminster college / schmidt hammer lassen architects

The College, replacing an inefficient 1960s building at Paddington Green, features a contemporary design with a Scandinavian influence. The structure’s geometric forms revolve around a terraced atrium, fostering a flexible and unified organization.

City of westminster college / schmidt hammer lassen architects

The atrium, with visual connections across floors and extending to the facade on some levels, serves as the dynamic heart of the College, promoting natural light and interaction.

City of westminster college / schmidt hammer lassen architects

Public areas, including an exhibition space, theatre, and café, are situated near the main entrance, enhancing community connectivity. The interior features light timber panels contrasting with exposed concrete, highlighting its Scandinavian design roots.

City of westminster college / schmidt hammer lassen architects

The building prioritizes sustainability and energy efficiency, aiming to reduce maintenance costs and its carbon footprint over its lifespan.

College Principal Keith Cowell expressed pride in the new campus, emphasizing its open and inclusive atmosphere tailored to the diverse student body. The City of Westminster College, opened to students on January 10, 2011, marks schmidt hammer lassen architects’ first completed project in the UK. Upcoming projects include The Learning Zone in Sheffield and the University of Aberdeen New Library, both set to open in 2011.

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Address: 25 Paddington Green, London W2 1NB, United Kingdom

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