Ravensbourne, Greenwich Peninsula, London

Foreign Office Architects
Date Built
6 Penrose Way, Greenwich Peninsula
Ravensbourne is the slimmed-down name of the former Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication.  They say that they are, " ... a university sector college innovating in digital media and design, with a vocationally focused portfolio of courses, spanning fashion, television and broadcasting, interactive product design, architecture and environment design, graphic design, animation, moving image, music production for media and sound design. We are a centre of excellence, industry accredited and a Skillset Media Academy." The college was originally located in Chiselhurst but made the move to the Greenwich Peninsula, adjacent to the O2 Arena, when this new building opened in 2010.  The building was designed by the "Foreign Office Architects" practice  which disbanded in 2011. 

The motivation for the commission was to bring together the various departments of the college into one setting.  Kenneth Power in "21st Century London - The New Architecture" says that, "Internally, the building focuses on two linked atria that are ideal for public events, such as fashion shows.  The fa├žade design, with clear memories of classic Islamic art, is a tour de force, executed in anodized aluminium .... Two lines of circular windows provide controlled daylight to each floor of the building."

The architects claim that, " ... our building simulates the environment and working practices of creative professionals. Our interior space has been designed to encourage interaction between disciplines. There are open spaces and quiet corners, social spaces, technology hubs, design studios and production suites. All linked through virtual environments and digital technologies to connect us to each other and the rest of the world."