A new £7m building equipped with cutting-edge technology to support Computer and Information Sciences on the site of the former Rutherford Hall. Continuing his involvement in the development of Northumbria University’s award winning City Campus, James, working with Norr Architects, led the design of the landscape setting for the new CIS building. The cylindrical building forms one edge of the award winning Ellison Courtyard and stands out against the otherwise linear forms.
The landscape design acts to sensitively embed the building within the campus – using the familiar forms, planting and materials palette of Ellison Courtyard to create a co-ordinated aesthetic whilst including new elements.
Drawing on computer and information sciences, a paving pattern, inspired by binary code, flows around the building with alternating colour bands representing variable width strings which translate into ‘GreatMindsStartHere#iamnorthumbria’. A large, granite and timber feature podia curves around the most prominent façade of the building providing a place to think, rest and process on one of the busiest routes through the campus. We are strong believers in making urban spaces work hard – this project proves that valuable, attractive and useable public realm can be created from what is essentially ‘space between buildings’.
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CLIENT: Norr Architects for Northumbria University l
LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne
PARTNERS: Norr Architects
SERVICES: Landscape Architecture S1-S6
PROGRAMME: September 2015 – December 2018