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UCL Engineering Rear Building

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location London
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Although conceived at the same time as the engineering building front extension (also by Grimshaw) this addition to the campus predates its sibling by some three years. Tucked away down Malet Place it's more difficult to see and access and altogether more utiliarian. Conceptually, the building is a nine storey tower with a square footprint. An additional circulation zone is attached to this on the front (Mallet Place) elevation. This chief facade is divided into three sections, covered with glass and terracotta and is animated by the movement of the users. The other elevations are clad with a more economical profiled metal and feature horizontal strip windows. Internally a small rectangular atrium begins at the third floor and rises up to roof level. The scheme is linked to the original Roberts Building tower at all levels.

JCP says:
Altogether a beautiful building, but it has a few design shortcomings: stairs, elevators and toilets are placed next to outside walls, even to a corner, where beautiful offices could have resulted; conversely, there are windowless rooms in the inside. Moreover, rooms with full glass panel walls giving a great view over London are contrasted by adjacent offices with strip windows which concede just a narrow view outside.
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UCL Engineering Rear Building
Malet Place
United Kingdom
Project is not public!
How to get there? The entrance to Malet Place is gated, but if the gates are open, walk through. The nearest tube station is Goodge Street (Fare Zone 1) served by the Northern Line (Charing Cross Branch).
Completion 2005
Client University College London
Project ID 9995
Latitude/Longitude 51°31'23N 00°07'57W
Contributed by davidb
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