Preserving an iconic building for future generatons!
“Architecture is not based on concrete and steel, and the elements of the soil. It's based on wonder.” - Daniel Libeskind
Have you ever wondered why university buildings are architecturally grandiose and imposing? They are simply learning spaces, after all. Should they not be functional and practical rather than remarkable and ornate?
We’ve been lucky enough to work on some magnificent university buildings, our latest being the Parkinson Building of the University of Leeds. We always find them awe-inspiring, and I think that’s the point. Their purpose is to inspire.
In the same way that the books and papers you read throughout your education are simply the foundation on which true learning is built, educational architecture provides the setting that stimulates creativity and cultivates brilliance.
In stimulating the senses, universities also seek to stimulate the brain.
When we think of university students, we don’t think of them head down, learning by rote each line of a thick tome but rather gazing out of the window, considering what they have just read and interpreting its meaning in their own way. It is the ability to contemplate, to think beyond the words on the page that matters.
“An object should be judged by whether it has a form consistent with its use.” - Bruno Munari
The Grade II Listed building we’re currently working on is, in university terms, still an infant. Whereas the notably historic Oxford University dates back as early as 1096, the Parkinson Building was only completed in 1951.