Oxford Brookes University
Multi-material, multi-usage student centre for Oxford Brookes University
The design incorporated a large number of façade types, including handset stone, corten steel, glass louvres and polyester powder coated aluminium panels. Vibrant colours provide accents to the building while a high amount of diversity with each façade type is used to achieve a random and variable feel to the large buildings. By working closely with the architects at the early design stage the variability was standardised across different types without losing the architectural concept.
The requirement for a low energy building was met through the appropriate use of glazing and natural ventilation matched with high performance requirements for insulation and air permeability. Testing of the façades was carried out in Italy and a very low air permeability was achieved within the unitised system, including the opening lights. Following scrutiny of the drawings, extra vigilance has been put in place on site for the flashings and system interfaces due to the air tightness requirements.