grimshaw completes science building for dulwich college with an abstract tiled façade
 
grimshaw completes science building for dulwich college with an abstract tiled façade grimshaw completes science building for dulwich college with an abstract tiled façade
oct 22, 2016

grimshaw completes science building for dulwich college with an abstract tiled façade

 

grimshaw has completed a science building for london’s dulwich college that features an abstract tiled façade. costing a total of £14 million, ‘the laboratory’ is a state-of-the-art facility located at the heart of the school’s south london campus. internally, science laboratories for the lower and junior schools surround a 240 capacity multi-purpose auditorium intended for both the college and the wider community.

 

 

dr joseph spence and sculptor peter randall-page discuss the project in more detail
video courtesy of grimshaw

 

 

grimshaw’s design seeks to reflect dulwich college’s approach of cross-discipline collaboration with a balance of formal and informal learning spaces. biology, physics and chemistry departments each have their own dedicated floor, with the option of adjusting individual labs to create studio-like environments. the scheme also includes a three-storey atrium, an outdoor plaza for recreation and performance, and five high-end IT suites. middle and upper school laboratories are linked by a large hall that contains sir ernest shackleton’s ‘james caird’ lifeboat.

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all images by daniel shearing

 

 

embracing the color, texture and proportion adjacent italianate building, the design team developed a complementary composition of materials, including terracotta, bronze anodized aluminum, and pre-cast concrete panels. grimshaw collaborated with sculptor peter randall to design a façade that presents a pattern based on the lindenmeyer algorithm, which replicates the growth processes of plants. color is also used to differentiate the formal public facing sides of the building from the informal school-facing sides — cream for the former, and terracotta for the latter.

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the state-of-the-art facility is located at the heart of the school’s south london campus

 

 

designed in an ‘S’ shape, the building itself remains physically open with large windows framing generous external views. to prepare for future teaching needs, individual labs can be readily reconfigured with furniture that can easily be rearranged. from an environmental standpoint, photovoltaic panels have been fitted on all available roof space, while the building is self-cooled through the use of fixed visors on the windows. meanwhile, ground-source cooling provides an alternative to air conditioning.

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color is used to differentiate the public facing sides of the building from the school-facing sides

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large windows frame generous external views

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the laboratory houses a commissioned sculpture by artist conrad shawcross

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shackleton’s lifeboat takes pride of place in the james caird hall

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a 240-seat auditorium is intended for both the college and the wider community

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the more formal public façade has a cream color palette

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terracotta is used on the informal school-facing side of the building

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site plan / image courtesy of grimshaw

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concept sketch / image courtesy of grimshaw

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