Media and Communications faculty, Goldsmiths College

  • Location

    London

  • Client

    Goldsmiths College, University of London

  • Value

    £15m

  • Completion

    2010

  • Size

    6650sqm

  • BREEAM Rating

    'Excellent'

Maintaining standards of excellence

Goldsmiths College has an international reputation for excellence. Stride Treglown was appointed to enhance this reputation with new purpose-built facilities that replaced existing teaching spaces, bringing related subjects together. The prominent site overlooks the College Green and faces the listed Richard Hoggart building, where the college originated. The building, in a tightly constrained and built up area, houses a 250 seat lecture theatre with associated facilities along with studios, editing suites, teaching spaces and offices.

The academic accommodation required has influenced much of the form of the building but has also allowed scope for the concourse and cladding materials to express the building’s function more creatively. The concourse we designed expresses informality of the meeting rooms and incorporates a projection screen to display students’ work. The use of terracotta cladding gives the appearance of pixels and the visible natural ventilation on the concourse roof demonstrates the sustainable aspirations of the College.