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SOAS Philips Building

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Denys Lasdun, John McAslan and Partners
location London
function library, university
contributed by davidb

This building is an extension of the original School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) building, and is somewhat larger than its precursor, to which it is linked at all floors. Having a square footprint It was built at the same time as the nearby Institute of Education (also by Lasdun). Constructed chiefly from concrete (both precast and in-situ) the lower two floors form a plinth which houses the building's 150 seat lecture theatre and other large spaces. Above this are offices, seminar rooms and the main library, the base of which is off-set to the north east corner, with the floors on the south and west sides terracing down to it. A large diagonal grid roof crowns the space. Lasdun created four external terraces on the roof of the plinth that were always underused. In 2006, as part of a rolling programme of refurbishment and improvement, John McAslan and Partners enclosed the two larger terraces, on the north and east sides, to create two new double height reading spaces.

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SOAS Philips Building
Thornhaugh Street
United Kingdom
Project is not public!
How to get there? The nearest tube station is Russell Square (Fare Zone 1) served by the Piccadilly Line.
Completion 1973
Main designer, ArchitectDenys Lasdun
ArchitectJohn McAslan and Partners
Client University of London, School of Oriental & African Studies
Project ID 9936
Latitude/Longitude 51°31'21N 00°07'45W
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