Queen Mary, University of London: Arts Two

London, UK

This humanities building for Queen Mary, University of London – one of the top 15 research universities in the UK – forms part of the institution’s ongoing development programme and provides a new public face for the campus on the Mile End Road.

The building accommodates the entire History Department and includes a timber-clad 300-seat auditorium and foyer, centrally-bookable seminar rooms and a top floor senior common room.

A 60-seat film and drama studio, licensed for public performances, projects over the pavement and is clad in glass panels with a digitally printed artwork by the artist Jacqueline Poncelet. A glazed corridor with external brise-soleil acts as a buffer zone to the first and second floors, sheltering the academic office space from the busy Mile End Road outside, such that they are all naturally ventilated and look into an internal courtyard. The building has 10% on-site renewable energy via ground source heat pumps and has a BREEAM 2006 rating of Very Good.