Ravensbourne College in London by FOA
added September 2016
The Ravensbourne College is a school for digital media and design. It has moved to a prestigious location next to the 02 dome in Greenwich, London.
Concept and CharacteristicsAs a design strategy the buildings space arrangement encourages collaboration between the different disciplines of the college. Two interconnected atria have been pierced through three floors, used for teaching, research and studio space. The function of the atria is to connect the spaces but also to naturally ventilate the building and deliver views to the extraordinary site environment.
EnvelopeThe facade refers to contemporary methods of production. A non- periodic tiling system with three types of tiles allowed for seven different window types. The windows are circular which as an unususal and progressive way of perforating an envelope, especially on the scale of the structure. In this particular context it is of advantage to do something that moves away from the common gestures of architecture. The adjacent buildings such as Richard Rogers vast circular 02 Arena is a rather autonomous structure on the one hand and residential high-rises on the other do not offer much of a link to the school. Ultimately, as a school for the creative industries the building shall reflect what it occupies.
Inside the buildingOptimum environmental performance, low maintainance and high flexibility are achieved by keeping the massing very compact, hence securing a low ratio of facade to area. At the same time the atrium serves to influence activity in the building and connect to the natural sources of sun and air
Ecology and Environment
The Ravensbourne Building comes with several sustainabilty features
- Two atria support the use of daylight and natural ventilation inside the building
- Eco-friendly materials used such as FSC Timber
- Reuse, recycle of integrated aggregates
- Water heating with solar themal system
- Other heating with biomass boiler
- Green roof applied
Article by Kersten Schmitz