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University of Nottingham Gateway Building by Make

By | Architecture, Design, Materials

University of Nottingham Gateway Building by Make

Small windows offer glimpses of the straw used to construct this university building in Nottingham, England, by architects Make.

University of Nottingham Gateway Building by Make

Straw bales from the University of Nottingham‘s farm just 200 metres from the agriculture campus are sandwiched inside the four-storey-high panels of the building’s exterior wall.

University of Nottingham Gateway Building by Make

Straw is compacted inside these panels, which are covered with a breathable render that allows moisture to escape.

University of Nottingham Gateway Building by Make

The straw bales are visible from inside the full-height glazed atrium, which provides social areas for staff and students.

University of Nottingham Gateway Building by Make

Teaching facilities, staff research laboratories and offices are contained elsewhere in the building, which is part of a masterplan of campus buildings by Make  that will also be constructed from rural materials.

University of Nottingham Gateway Building by Make

 

Photography is by Zander Olsen.

Here is some more information from Make:


The UK’s largest strawbale building

Make Architects has completed work on the largest single strawbale building in the UK.

The completed 3,100 sq m Gateway Building for the University of Nottingham’s agriculture campus at Sutton Bonington has taken one of the most traditional building materials and elevated it into cutting edge sustainable building technology. In an era threatened by global warming, straw is undergoing resurgence on the strength of its superb insulation qualities, its source as a natural, renewable and often http://www.zinensis.com material and its minimal production costs.

At the Gateway Building, it has been applied for the first time as an external cladding system known as a ‘curtain wall’. Here each panel covers all four floors of the building in one prefabricated piece. This quick and cost-effective system is a third of the cost of a typical high end unitised curtain walling system and combined with its environmentally friendly properties holds the potential to place straw in the mainstream of construction practice.

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Bob Leung, Architect and Partner at Make said: “The straw was grown on the University’s farm just 200m down the road and our sub-contractor, Eurban, set up a ‘flying factory’ on site in order to create the panels there and then. This natural, simple solution provides a fabulous juxtaposition with the high-tech research that actually goes on within the building itself.

Tim Brooksbank, Development Director at the University of Nottingham said: “We had an exacting brief for this new building in terms of its cost and specification and are delighted with the finished building which has provided a state-of-the-art home for the School of Biosciences and the School of Veterinary and Medical Sciences (SVMS).”

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The Gateway Building houses a combination of laboratories and offices, but despite this has a remarkably low-carbon, low-energy footprint and boasts an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating for energy efficiency. The deep straw-filled panels have a low U-value of just 0.135 W/m2, which is 60% better than required under current Part L regulations. A CHP plant generates electricity consumed in the building and feeds excess power back into the national grid. In this way, it accounts for a 13% saving in the building’s carbon emissions.

The new building sets the scene for a visionary new campus masterplan, also designed by Make, the primary aim of which was to consolidate and enhance existing facilities on the campus and, in doing so, create an environment conducive to innovation, research and learning.

The building’s crisp form frames the beginning of a future central avenue and serves as a gateway to the Campus. The facades of the building are made up of repetitive narrow vertical elements that echo rows of trees nearby. These are finished in render and separated by exposed timber fins. A modern glazing system is arranged in between the timber elements, creating a rhythm from the contrasting qualities of the facade system.

Aesop store by March Studio, Paris

By | Design, Materials, pos, Retail Design, Store concept, visualisation

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We began by looking at the possibilities of plaster, but soon became intrigued by the parquetry floors one sees throughout Paris. We wanted to explore inhabiting the space with one material, used in one encompassing way. We envisaged using cut wood in such a fashion that it covered the floor, walls and ceiling, lending a cohesive texture and warmth to the room. The wood of choice for this store is Victorian Ash, a timber grown in renewable forests across Australia. The wood was cut in a factory in Melbourne’s inner-city suburb Richmond, then each of the approximately 3500 pieces was hand-cut, hand-sanded, sealed and numbered according to meticulously drafted plans before being strategically packed in shipping crates.

Designed by March Studio

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Phenomenon by Tokujin Yoshioka for Mutina

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In recent years, japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka has aimed to incorporate the law of nature into his designs and pursued the elements of sensation in human beings. His new project ‘Phenomenon’ is a collection of ceramic tiles for italian ceramic design company Mutina, consisting of the series ‘Snow’, ‘Honeycomb’ and ‘Rain’ that draws on natural phenomena, showing the relationship between humans and nature.

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‘… in this collaboration with Mutina, I have pondered in designing ceramic tiles, which express the textures of the material derived from nature. My intention is not to manipulate the appearance of nature, but to create a design, which stirs one’s heart and imagination and remains deep inside one’s memory. ‘Phenomenon’ integrates small substances and produces both depth and expanse. Various expressions, such as honeycomb, snow crystal, icicle, plant cells evoke one’s memory of the scenery in nature. The flooring series, ‘snow’, adopt the texture of japanese paper.

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‘… I have selected colors and materials that can express the magnificence of the natural texture to the fullest. The main color of the product is white, which I intend to emphasize the contrast of light and shadow when applying the light over the surface… even though the material was arranged as ceramic in advance, I did numerous experiments and research in order to draw out the most beautiful aspect of the material itself.’

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‘In my opinion, italian design has weight on originality and uniqueness while japanese design has poetic feeling, which I think is heavily influenced by the essence of nature. for this project, through the texture of italian ceramic, I intended to express the essence of coincidence existing only for a moment just as the beauty of nature.’ – Tokujin Yoshioka

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Image courtesy of Tokujin Yoshioka Design Inc.