The architect’s brief for the new Centre Buildings called for world-class architecture which reflects the LSE’s international academic reputation. The result is a modernised, sustainable and multifunctional building designed by Roger Stirk Harbour & Partners. “Its sustainable design will complement and enhance the surroundings while still being uniquely identified as LSE” states LSE Director Julian Robinson.
The skeletal external skin of the new centre in Aldwych, London is a classic Rogers’ characteristic also seen on Riverlight and NEO Bankside. In the course of Wintech’s Façade Consultancy services, the façade was assessed as part of the environmental strategy as well as concept design, developed design and technical design of some select stages.
A focus on sustainability was a key element of the design with an aspiration of achieving a BREEAM rating of “Outstanding” with a fully naturally-ventilated approach for most of the building. Ventilation and thermal comfort are achieved with a combination of carefully positioned BMS-controlled and user-controlled vents within the façade; combined with exposed thermal mass internally and vertically-oriented brise-soleil on the main West and East façades.
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