daniel libeskind unveils plans for durham university's new physics center daniel libeskind unveils plans for durham university's new physics center
jan 14, 2014

daniel libeskind unveils plans for durham university's new physics center

daniel libeskind unveils plans for durham university’s new physics center
image © studio daniel libeskind
images courtesy of durham university




plans have been unveiled for a new campus building at durham university to be designed by renowned international architect daniel libeskind. the building, which will house the ‘ogden centre for fundamental physics’ will extend the capacity of the institution allowing it to maintain its leading global position in the decades ahead. costing £10 million to complete, the project will use two large donations: £3.35 million from the ogden trust and £1.5 million from the wolfson foundation.


the original school building was opened in 2002 comprising two prestigious institutes – the institute for computational cosmology, (one of the world’s premier theoretical cosmology groups), and the only global institute for particle physics phenomenology. local residents will be able to offer their own opinions on the proposed design at upcoming public consultation groups.


‘the wolfson foundation’s support is exciting for all of us as it will further durham’s position as one of the leading research centers for fundamental physics. a new world class building designed by an iconic international architect and now supported by one of the UK’s most important scientific foundations’, commented sir peter ogden of the ogden trust.



daniel libeskind ogden centre designboom
view from the adjacent street
image © studio daniel libeskind


daniel libeskind ogden centre designboom
project sketch
image © studio daniel libeskind

  • maybe it would be better upside down, or standing on its end.
    Who can tell? what is good design, what is a dog on its hind legs, nobody knows anymore.

    mackenzie collins says:
  • Another campus opportunity squandered by plumbing the superficial depths of the intellectual wasteland that calls itself Studio Daniel Libeskind. What the project team lack in architectural sophistication, is paralleled in their utter pretentiousness. Capricious forms, clichéd diagonal windows and randomly tilted forms may advertise Libeskind’s schlocky brand, but it adds nothing to Durham. Is it too late to stop this crass pretense to design?

    BC2 says:

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