schmidt hammer lassen architects: city of westminster college schmidt hammer lassen architects: city of westminster college
mar 07, 2011

schmidt hammer lassen architects: city of westminster college

‘city of westminster college’ by schmidt hammer lassen architects in london, united kingdom all images courtesy schmidt hammer lassen architects

denmark-based practice schmidt hammer lassen has completed the ‘city of westminster college’, a 24,000 m2 facility in london, united kingdom. a first prize winning design from a competition in 2006, the new building focuses on providing open learning spaces that encourage both formal and informal interaction among students. 

exterior view

located at the heart of central london, the project stands on the site of a previously failing 1960s block. the tapering, multi-stepped profile of the facade references its scandinavian influence while the interior spaces pivot around a terraced atrium. adaptable and flexible in design, the organization allows for visual and social connections between floors, making the atrium a dynamic centre at the heart of the college.


in order to serve the local community as well as the student body, public functions such as an exhibition area, a theatre and a cafe are located adjacent to the main entrance. the building is designed to be sustainable and energy efficient, reducing the overall carbon footprint and maintenance costs.

interior view

(left) circulation space on street level (right) atrium

view of atrium from ground level


view down into ground level of atrium




study area

roof top terrace

street view of entrance

night view

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level +2

floor plan / level + 4

longitudinal section

cross section

west elevation

south elevation

(left) sectional detail / north facade (right) sectional detail / south facade

project info:

client: city of westminster college area: 24,000 m2 competition: 2006 1st prize in restricted international competition engineer: buro haploid, united kingdom landscape architect: schmidt hammer lassen architects main contractor: mclaren construction ltd other consultants: knight frank LLP, stace LLP

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