The Graduate Student Centre for the London Metropolitan University is a striking addition to the bustling block on London’s Holloway Road.
Composed of three intersecting volumes, clad with embossed stainless steel panels for a shining and ever-changing surface, the Graduate Center houses a lecture theater, seminar rooms, staff offices and a café for the university’s graduate students. The interiors are filled with natural light by way of large windows of geometrical cuts and slashes. The Centre serves not only as a facility to enhance the staff and student experience, but acts as a major gateway to the University on Holloway Road.
“At £3m all in, this is not an expensive building. What it has that distinguishes it from what a client might ordinarily expect for that money is great presence… When you visit the area, you immediately realise that Libeskind’s explosive building acts not only as a junction box for the university but as a landmark for the entire street.” –Jonathan Glancey, The Guardian (February 2004)
2005 – Royal Fine Art Commission Trust’s Building of the Year Awards, Jeu d’Esprit Award
2004 – RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Regional Award (London North & West)