Kingston University
Kingston University has opened three new buildings designed by John McAslan + Partners. The buildings have created new public spaces that have given the campus greater coherence. The new John Galsworthy building, on Kingston University’s Penrhyn Road campus, was designed to support a Centrally Programmed Teaching system, based on highly adaptable volumes that can handle teaching situations ranging from lectures to small group sessions. The architecture follows an L-form, creating a new public square. At the Kingston Hill campus, the Nightingale Centre is a linear learning resource – in effect, an enclosure grafted onto the front of two existing library buildings that has delivered signifcantly more reading space, a café, and a second new square for the university. JMP’s extension of the engineering faculty building on the Roehampton Vale campus, known as the Hawker Wing, has generated new teaching space and a more distinctly formed approach to the building. The practice developed specific design responses to the buildings in terms of shifts in materiality. The Galsworthy Building is stone-clad, the Nightingale Centre fully glazed, and the Hawker Wing metal-clad.


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