Newcastle University, Frederick Douglass Centre Newcastle, UK

Sheppard Robson were commissioned to design the £30m Frederick Douglass Centre for Newcastle University, as part of the Science Central development.

On the ground floor plan, an internal street mediates between the more formal, focused spaces of the auditorium and the social, interactive spaces in the “Learning Arc”. The latter includes an exhibition space and café for more informal working, addressing the University’s mission to provide a range of collaborative learning and social spaces. Directly above this are three storeys of learning facilities, including office accommodation for the University’s Business School.

The exterior of the ‘Learning Arc’ has a strong vertical expression formed of alternating perforated panels – which allows for natural ventilation – and more solid elements of back-painted glass. This forms a rhythm to the façade which follows the structure of the building’s concrete frame. The top level is lighter in form and is expressed in expanded aluminum mesh.

  • Newcastle University
7,270 m2




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