Both the CRAB Drawing Studio and the Student Services Building have won at the RIBA South West Awards 2016.

The Drawing Studio was designed and completed by renowned architect and AUB alumnus and Honorary Fellow, Professor Sir Peter Cook RA and his office CRAB (Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau). It was officially opened on 3rd March 2016 by Dame Zaha Hadid who closed her speech with “I simply love this building.”

The judges commented: “In a simple fluid space where considerable effort has been quietly expended to eradicate extraneous detail, specific and very effective highlights remain. Of particular note are the simple outline of the north light with bright white illumination that has an extraordinary ‘eyeliner’ effect and the floor level glazing strip that renders the long interior bench as a believable organic fold in the envelope.

This is a building that fits its purpose perfectly; a space for drawing that invites you to draw. The jury wanted to stay.”

The Student Services building is a new, dedicated space to meet with the Student Services team and student advisors. The judges commented:

“Planning, acoustic treatment, light, materials and art all conspire to make the interior of this building a tangibly comforting and calming environment to facilitate the function. The staff were explicit that this atmosphere plays a significant role in the success of their mission. This is a modest building which has a positive impact on the campus and campus life, providing a really well-pitched bridge between the architecture of administration and the architecture of art.

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