University of Manchester, The Alan Turing Building Manchester, UK

The new building at the University of Manchester brings together three schools of learning: Astronomy, Mathematics and Photon Science.

The innovative design represents the University’s aspiration to become one of the world’s leading research institutions. Central to the design are three sliding ‘fingers’ which horizontally ‘push and pull’ to create dynamic cantilevered projections, articulating the elevations. Each level is expressed as a zinc-clad ingot with flush horizontal slot glazing. The oversailing roof unifies the fingers, acting as a host for plant screening and a suspension system for the photovoltaic array, which produces 40,898kW hours per annum, a potential saving of 17,000kg of CO₂ each year.

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17,000 m2
Completion
2007
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