London School of Economics’ Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, by award winning architects O’Donnell + Tuomey, is a stunning example of a contemporary building designed in red brick.
It joins a host of impressive nominees from around the world in the shortlist for Design of the Year 2015, hosted by Design Museum in London. Winning would mean another award for the building having won the Supreme award at the Brick Development Association’s 2014 Brick Awards. The project was also nominated for the RIBA Stirling Prize.
Located in London’s ‘city of bricks’ themulti-faceted structure’s dynamic shape is guided by the jumbled streets it lies among. Approximately 175,000 handmade bricks form the solid and perforated façade. Natural light infiltrates the perforated sides in the evening hours creating a complex geometric pattern.
The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre is named in recognition of Professor Saw See Hock who funded the project. The building hosts a series of conference rooms, entertainment spaces, a café, bar, a basement night club, multi-faith prayer rooms and a gym.
Design of the Year 2015’s Architecture category represents the fullest range of the built environment from small scale domestic to public parks. Other categories include digital, fashion, graphics, products and transport and all will feature in an exhibition at Design Museum from 25 March to 23 August.