The Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, located on the Greenwich Peninsula in London just opened the doors to a beautiful new building designed by Foreign Office Architects. The 183,00 square foot campus is a stunning eco-friendly design highlighted by a gleaming, perforated façade composed of 28,000 anodized, multifaceted aluminum tiles and an atrium, which provides increased ventilation to the core spaces of the building.
Situated in one of the world’s most dynamic cities, in addition to catching one’s eye with its decorative façade, round windows of varying sizes have been distributed across the building to capitalize on the extensive views of the surrounding city. To better regulate the entry of natural light, larger windows lie on the north side and are more prevalent than the opposing side. Gothic rose windows and flower patterns provided the inspiration for the project, giving way to an assembly to a non-methodic tiling array on the façade with three different sized tiles. The use of only three tiles also gave way to a more subdued design, and limited window dimensions to seven unique sizes.
A public atrium sits at the north entrance while the south side contains a private, raised atrium suspended over the ground floor lecture hall. The atriums, which has been systematically attached to the façade, not only provide comfortable gathering spaces for the students, staff and public, but does triple duty as ventilation devices and a mode to experientially connect the interior structure with the urban surroundings through varied sight lines.
The building has been specified to reach a BREEAM qualification of environmental excellence. In order to achieve optimum environmental performance, low maintenance and high flexibility, the massing was kept as compact as possible with a very low ratio of façade to area, and the deep building program allows for flexible space able to host a variety of activities within.