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Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) / Sheppard Robson

  • 01:00 - 7 January, 2012
Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) / Sheppard Robson
Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) / Sheppard Robson, © Hufton+Crow
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  • Architects

  • Location

    91 King St, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 1RH, United Kingdom
  • Architect

    Sheppard Robson
  • M&E Engineer

    Hoare Lee
  • Structural Engineer

    SKM Consulting
  • Client

    Lancaster University
  • Contractor

    Morgan Sindall
  • Area

    4900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. In 2011 the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) became the first higher education building and only the second building ever to receive a BREEAM Outstanding rating post-completion. The Institute houses a range of flexible performance and workshop spaces that support an exciting programme of music, drama, design and fine art. The design was developed as an exploration of the interplay between nature and the manmade, inspired by the woodland setting.

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Daylight floods the teaching and research areas and light timber finishes lend both brightness and texture to the interiors. A highly innovative, prefabricated cross-laminated timber structure provides high levels of airtightness and also enabled a quick and safe construction programme. Other sustainable features include photovoltaics, a heat recovery system, natural ventilation and rainwater recycling. Embodying design quality and creativity, LICA is a fitting showcase for the Institute’s creative activities.

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) / Sheppard Robson" 07 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/196803/lancaster-institute-for-the-contemporary-arts-lica-sheppard-robson/>
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15 Comments

Nicola Gordon · July 12, 2012

The Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts’ use of prefabricated #CLT, enabled a quick construction process. http://t.co/QRfoLd44

reThink Wood · July 12, 2012

The Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts’ use of prefabricated #CLT, enabled a quick construction process. http://t.co/QRfoLd44

Helen Pritchard · January 10, 2012

@HighWiredUK building featured in Archdaily http://t.co/E2Tyi6LP

Jonathan Acuña · January 10, 2012

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T Smith · January 10, 2012

@ standards? what standards?
I think you'll find that this owes very little to the Laban Centre. Yes, this building is using the same polycarbonate (Rodeca) but does not use the more advanced ventillated cavity seen at the Laban. Nor does it use concrete throughout as structure, which allows the Laban to be much more gestural, especially in the foyer. This is strictly cartesian in plan and elevation, which is a nice change from the Laban's 'almost curve'. The use of engineered timber gives the interiors a warmth not felt at the Laban as well, although I'm amazed that they weren't able to hide the service ducts in the main hall...

standards · January 28, 2012 07:23 AM

exactly as i said - a poor copy of the Laban. poor detailing. what is your point Agent Smith?

jaime fuentes · January 09, 2012

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standards? what standards? · January 09, 2012

Good Lord ,this is God-awful marketing tripe and a very poor copy of HdM's Laban. Please sack the person who designed it and the person who cannot be bothered to write about it...

Travel Writer · January 08, 2012

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R. Russo Spena · January 08, 2012

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M smith · January 08, 2012

thought the pic's were nice but not much info to go on

Radio Arsitek Nyasar · January 08, 2012

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Santosh Khanjodkar · January 08, 2012

prity much simple building and article doesn't describes much of it

cw · January 08, 2012

poor article. not much content and not even a full set of drawings. I would like to know more about this building but sadly am disappointed by the low standard of this article compared to usual.

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