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South Podium Facilities
Cardiff Uni
2011
Cardiff University
Project Description :

The brief for the extension to the Bioscience block was to address the facilities anonymity and provide a main entrance with spacious foyer that is readily identifiable externally and reflects the nature of research and the School's internationally outstanding reputation. From early concept sketches it was agreed that the architecture should have a strong resonance with the activity of the Biosciences faculty. Consequently, the hexagonal motif has been employed to reinforce the connection between the Biosciences faculty and its architecture. The resulting design is an honest embodiment of form following function an endorsement of the fusion of art and architecture.

 

The use of hexagonal structures united to form typical molecular motifs on the elevation subtly enhances the building function and expression, but also affords and artistic richness to the treatment of the fa├žade. Therefore public art is an integral part of the design as opposed to an applied after thought.