Social Sciences Building, City of London University

Stanton Williams
Date Built
St. John Street and Myddelton Street, Islington
City University’s new School of Social Sciences is home to six departments.  The building is composed of three blocks arranged in parallel, each of different heights.  This was done, the architects say, in response, “.... to their architecturally-diverse surroundings, which include both Georgian terraces and heroically-scaled tower blocks.”  They add that, “Innovative, fully-glazed ‘rainscreen’ elevations are used to clad the energy-efficient concrete structure. They reflect the building’s surroundings, provide the internal rooms with ample natural light, and offer views that connect inside and outside.”  Inside are teaching rooms, research spaces and administrative offices arranged around an eight-storey galleried atrium.  The atrium, “.... forms a key part of the building’s low-energy passive heating and cooling system.”

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