Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London

O’Donnell & Tuomey Architects
Date Built
Completed 2014
London School of Economics, Portugal Street
This striking building on the campus of the London School of Economics is the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre named in honour of Professor Saw Swee Hock, an alumnus of the university. 

The LSE explain that he, "... has marked his long association with the School by making a landmark gift towards a new student centre, currently under construction on the School’s campus." 

They add that, "The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW), LSE’s latest landmark building, has transformed the campus, with the Students’ Union and student-focused departments of the School taking up residence at the start of the year. The first new building LSE has commissioned in over 40 years, SAW's dramatic sculptural form and unusual perforated brick façade was designed by Irish architect O’Donnell + Tuomey. .....

...... Since opening its doors on 6 January 2014 it has steadily been garnering praise from students, staff and architecture critics alike. Critics have called the building 'richly considered and finished', 'eccentric and deeply satisfying', 'fantastically individual' and 'a fold-out marvel [and] lesson in architectural origami'."

The architects describe the centre as a, "... 
multifunctional building with a large music venue, pub, learning cafe, union offices, prayer centre, dance studio, careers library and gym. The project is located at the knuckle-point convergence of the network of narrow streets that characterise the LSE city centre campus. We created a public space at the threshold of the Student Union on axis with St Clement's Lane, pulling pedestrian street life into and up the building"

- Inside -

One of the features of this amazing building is a concrete spiral staircase constructed on-site.

The event space in the basement.

Up on the roof.

Other views.

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