Art & Architecture + [Student Center]

O'Donnell + Tuomey: LSE SAW SWEE HOCK STUDENTS' CENTRE by O'DONNELL + TUOMEY
LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O

The brief was to bring student facilities together under one roof. The multi-functional building includes a venue, pub, learning café, media, prayer, offices, gym, careers, dance studio and social spaces.

LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O

The brief asked for the "best student building in the UK " and had the aspiration for BREEAM Excellent rating. The design achieved BREEAM Outstanding. he site lies within the Strand Conservation Area. The context was complex and the site was restricted by surrounding building lines.

LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O

Specifications were closely monitored by Westminster planners, who supported the ambition for a contemporary design integrated with its setting. Throughout the building process, the planners maintained a commitment to the enduring quality of carefully crafted construction.

LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O

The site is located at the knuckle-point convergence of narrow streets that characterise the LSE city centre campus. The faceted facade operates with respect to the Rights of Light Envelope and is tailored to lines of sight, to be viewed from street corner perspectives and to make visual connections between internal and external circulation.

LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O

The brick skin is cut along fold lines to form large areas of glazing, framing views. Analysis of the context has influenced the first principles of a site specific architectural design. The building is designed to embody the dynamic character of a contemporary Student Centre.

LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O

The complex geometries of the site provided a starting point for a lively arrangement of irregular floor plates, each particular to its function. Space flows freely in plan and section, with stairs turning to create meeting places at every level.

LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O

London is a city of bricks. The building is clad with bricks, with each brick offset from the next in an open work pattern, creating dappled daylight inside and glowing like a lattice lantern at night. The building has the robust adaptability of a lived-in warehouse, with solid wooden floors underfoot.

LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O

The structure is a combination of reinforced concrete and steelwork. Steel trusses or ribbed concrete slabs span the big spaces. Circular steel columns prop office floors between the large span volumes and punctuate the open floor plan of the café. Concrete ceilings contribute thermal mass with acoustic clouds suspended to soften the sound.

LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O

There are no closed-in corridors. Every hallway has daylight and views in at least one direction. Every office workspace has views to the outside world. The basement venue is daylit from clerestory windows. The building is designed with accessibility and inclusive design as key considerations.

LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O

Approaches are step free. Floor plates are flat without steps. Circulation routes are open and legible with clearly identifiable way-finding. Services are located at consistent locations. The central wide stair was carefully designed to comply with standards and details agreed with the approved inspector.

LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O
LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O
LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O
LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O
LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O
LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O
LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O
LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O
LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O
LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O
LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O
LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O
LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O
LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O
LSE Saw Swee Hock Students Centre by O

Location: London, UK
Architect: O'Donnell+Tuomey Architects
Structural Engineer: Dewhurst Macfarlane and Partners/Horganlynch
Services + Environmental Engineer: BDSP
Security / Fire / Acoustics / Transport & Logistics / Venue: Arup
Archaeology: Gifford
Project manager: Turner & Townsend
Quantity Surveyor: Northcroft
Planning Consultant: Turley Associates
Party Wall Consultant: Anstey Horne
Building Control Consultant: Carillion
CDM Coordinator: Gardiner & Theobald
Main Contractor: Geoffrey Osborne Limited
Size GIA: 6,100m
Year: 2013-2014
Client: London School of Economics Photo: Saw Swee Hock Student Centre