grafton to develop campus building for kingston university
grafton to develop campus building for kingston university grafton to develop campus building for kingston university
jan 30, 2014

grafton to develop campus building for kingston university


grafton architects has been appointed to design a new campus building for kingston university in surrey, england. once completed the scheme will form the irish practice’s first project in the united kingdom. the proposal is a direct response the university’s brief which called for an open, interactive and connected development, which reaches out to the region’s wider community.

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all images courtesy of grafton architects / kingston university



the scheme amalgamates the school’s various programs, incorporating performance space, exploratory teaching facilities and contemplative research areas. the result is a three-dimensional matrix of interacting volumes. an open edge to the building blurs the site’s boundaries, presenting a colonnaded area to the adjacent street. cascading terraces and gardens drawing the landscaped civic space inside the structure.

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entrance to the building at the second floor



grafton architects are delighted with their appointment to design this exciting new building for kingston university. we found the educational vision, as expressed in the brief for the building extremely progressive and inspirational,’ commented yvonne farrell & shelley mcnamara, directors of grafton architects.

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(left) looking back across the open space to the primary entrance
(right) at the south elevation, landscaping rises up through the colonnade

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aerial render of the campus including adjacent landscaping

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west elevation to penrhyn road



kingston university’s vision for the new building at penrhyn road
video produced by the web & multimedia team at kingston university


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