Central Saint Martins

Stanton Williams, London, 2011

 

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Restoration and retrofit of 19th-century grade II listed Granary buildings in north London to re-house London’s Central Saint Martins (CSM) school of art and design

More than 4,000 students and 1,000 tutors will use the facility housed in twin grain transit sheds and the six-storey 1852 grade-II listed Granary building (the work of Lewis Cubitt, designer of the nearby King’s Cross railway station). The Granary is at the heart of Europe’s largest regeneration area, a once-derelict 67-acre brownfield site.

Born of a 1989 merger between Central School of Art and Design and Saint Martins School of Art, which later absorbed Drama Centre London and the Byam Shaw School of Art, CSM aims to encourage creativity through interaction between disciplines.

This is facilitated by shared refectories, bars and cross-discipline seminars; the architect went beyond this by displaying generous workshops behind the glazed walls of the central street, avoiding barriers between zones and providing extensive bookable accommodation.

Interaction with the public is promoted by the east-west link at the south end of the campus, which leads to the retail space in the western transit shed.

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  • Begun: Jan 2008
  • Completed: Apr 2011
  • Floor area: 40,000m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £92M
  • Procurement: Design and Build
  • Address: Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA, United Kingdom

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