THE BARBARA HEPWORTH BUILDING IS A NEW 7,500M2 BUILDING FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD TO HOUSE THEIR SCHOOL OF ART, DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE. THE BUILDING EMBODIES ALL THAT IS CURRENT, CONTEMPORARY AND CREATIVE, PROUDLY DISPLAYING THE MULTI-DISCIPLINARY LEARNING TAKING PLACE AND SETTING THE SCENE FOR COLLABORATION.
The design of the new £30m building sets the scene for spontaneous interactions, ideas and innovations within, sparking new ways of working that will push the boundaries of creativity and find collaborative solutions to complex challenges.
This ambitious new building’s rectilinear sculptural design aims to bridge millennia of creative practice. Much like the Bauhaus movement, staff, students and other creative practitioners and stakeholders will work under the same roof and be inspired by each other, combining traditional craft with visualisation, simulation and digital technologies to stimulate new thinking.
Designed as a flexible factory for design creativity, the canal side location is celebrated with an iconic cantilever structure, encouraging views out and along the canal which runs through the heart of the university’s campus.
Upon entry to the University, visitors are engaged in the creative process, immediately bringing the building to life. From the main entrance, the building opens up into a triple height atrium and double height workshop space. The atrium provides students with a contemporary ‘forum’ space, encouraging interaction and collaboration across all disciplines, as well as the flexibility to be utilised for fashion shows, lectures and exhibitions.