Foreign Office Architects have completed the new tile-covered campus for Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication , located on the Greenwich Peninsula in London.
The tiled fa?ade is perforated with round windows of varying sizes, with two rows of windows per floor to provide views of the surrounding city.
The pattern of the tiles is determined by the size and positioning of window openings, while the size of windows depends on the corresponding interior function.
Perforations on the north side are larger and more frequent than those in the south side to regulate light levels.
The college has an area of 17,000m 2 and will house 1,400 students in inter-disciplinary, open-plan work spaces over four interconnected storeys.
An atrium at the north entrance is intended for use by the public while the south side contains a private atrium for students and staff on a raised platform, suspended from steel girders over the ground floor lecture hall.
An interior bridge spanning east to west overlooks both the public north and private south sides of the building.
The atrium stairs provide sightlines throughout the building exposing all activities taking place in the college.
The new building for Ravensbourne, a university sector college innovating in digital media and design, will be located at Greenwich Peninsula on the South-Eastern edge of The O 2 building, to the right of the North-South axis that structures the masterplan.
By moving to this extraordinary location, Ravensbourne aims to deliver education to meet the shifting demands of 21st century learners – learners who expect access to resources and support on demand and whose needs can differ greatly depending on a variety of social and economic factors.
The new building is designed to stimulate the environment and working practices of creative professionals, providing the best in technology and mobile computing in an environment which enables a variety of learning styles.
The main strategy in the design of the building is to produce a structure which will encourage collaboration between the different disciplines and practitioners within Ravensbourne.
This will be achieved by structuring the building around a system of two interconnected atria, each piercing through three levels of program.
The atria have been systematically attached to the external facade in order not only to use them as ventilation devices, but also to connect visually the core of the public spaces in the building with the perception of the urban surroundings. The building is specified to reach a BREEAM qualification of environmental excellence.
In order to achieve optimum environmental performance, low maintenance and high flexibility, the massing has been kept as compact as possible with a very low ratio of fa?ade to area, and a deep building which is able to provides flexible space to host the various activities which take place in the building.
The architecture of the building has been designed to express the culture of contemporary production, by using a non-periodic tiling system which symbolises a more diverse and contemporary approach to technology.
Gothic rose windows and flower patterns have also been a rich field of inspiration for the project, but in this building they will not be produced as an imitation of nature but as an abstract construction.
To achieve this we have resorted to the use of a non-periodic tiling pattern on the fa?ade, which allow us to build seven different types of windows out of only three different tiles.