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BARBARA HEPWORTH BUILDING


  • 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.

  • A contemporary and symbolic laser-cut veil surrounds most of the building with flexible, adaptable and flowing internal space that enables new thinking to emerge and courageous practice to be realised. The façade design has been inspired by three dimensional textiles developed in the town, represented through laser cut metal panels which help to minimise glare and overheating inside. The highly sculptural form of the façade is reminiscent of origami and is an outward exposition of the creative work taking place within the building.

    The upper levels are all open plan to allow spaces to be expanded or contracted as well as reconfigured for various creative requirements. Partitions can be added or removed as the University wish, which ensures future proofing of the building.

    The site is contoured across a challenging 5m level change. The open transparency provides a full exposition of the activities, providing passers-by a detailed view of the creative process and advanced technologies at work.

    Set within the wider masterplan for the development of the University of Huddersfield Queen Street site, the Barbara Hepworth Building holds a unique campus position. Located adjacent to the Huddersfield Canal and the industrial heritage of the Spärck Jones Building, this provides a distinctive educational environment for students.

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