Brighton Photography Centre / Nex—

Brighton Photography Centre / Nex—

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Brighton, United Kingdom
  • Qs: Gardiner Theobald
  • Contractor: Balfour Beatty
  • Interiors: Nex—
  • Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
  • M&E Engineer: Atelier Ten
  • Fire Engineer: Buro Happold
  • Client: University of Brighton
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Text description provided by the architects. Creating a publicly accessible campus vision, this project has transformed a dated office building into a vibrant new space for the University and the City.

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© Jim Stephenson
© Jim Stephenson
© Jim Stephenson

In response to significant growth in student numbers, the faculty of Art at the University of Brighton is implementing a Campus concept that will consolidate their estate and open new spaces up to the public. Following an appointment to undertake a feasibility masterplan, two key campus buildings were envisioned. Nex went on to be appointed for the detailed design of the first building. At the core of the project is the transformation of an unloved 1960’s office building into a vibrant, functional learning and social space for both Photography and Film students and the public.

Basement Plan
Basement Plan
Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan
1st Floor Plan
1st Floor Plan

The interior of the new building is characterised by ribbon like walls that transition from open flowing exhibition and social spaces to enclosed specialist, teaching and learning spaces. The ground floor is a public exhibition and event space, acting as a hub for regional cultural partners.

© Jim Stephenson
© Jim Stephenson

The concept of artistic production is carried up through the building through vibrantly coloured stairs and circulation lobbies displaying historical photographic instruments and prints. Bringing together learning, art and culture, this space offers a new shared forum of exchange for students and the city alike.

© Jim Stephenson
© Jim Stephenson
© Jim Stephenson
© Jim Stephenson

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Address: Brighton, United Kingdom

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Cite: "Brighton Photography Centre / Nex—" 01 Feb 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/887776/brighton-photography-centre-nex/> ISSN 0719-8884

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