Niall McLaughlin Architects, Bedfordshire, 2010


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Addition to a campus near Milton Keynes. The collaboration between Cranfield University and the University of the Arts London, brings together two specialist educational institutions to explore creative design and engineering

The building is located near the campus, directly adjacent to a functioning airport. It sits beside Foster + Partners Cranfield Library, which has a barrel-vaulted form facing an open square, aircraft hangars flank the rest of the square.

The building sits right on the edge of the airfield and light aircraft taxi around within a few metres of the studio. It contains a large design space for students and a number of smaller office and meeting rooms. The main space faces the airfield and is naturally lit through a north-light roof, flexible to use and protected from outside noise.

Fresh air is brought through the ground and fed through a floor plenum so that it is thermally and acoustically sound. All of the glass has high acoustic performance. The north lights give a glare free environment for digital screens and the roof overhangs all sunward sides to protect from direct sunlight.


  • Begun: Nov 2009
  • Completed: Aug 2010
  • Floor area: 300m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £1.3M
  • Address: Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, MK43 0AL , United Kingdom

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