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Sussex Institute

John Pardey Architects won an RIBA competition to provide six new ‘School Centres’ at Basil Spence’s listed campus to accommodate a reorganisation of the university faculty structure. 
Our designs are an architectural response to the heavy, monumental and earthbound language of the existing Spence buildings – using lightweight, elegant and floating elements to create a complementary language without recourse to pastiche.

The first centre, the post-graduate Sussex Institute, creates a new double height foyer, conceived as a folded, aluminium-clad plane – which is lined internally in cedar boarding. This forms a ‘gateway’ into the school and links directly to a new steel-framed loggia structure that wraps around two sides of a semi-enclosed court that connects two blocks that together house the new Institute.

Client University of Sussex
Status Completed (2006)
Contract value £780,000
GIA m2 160 m2
Structural engineer Barton Engineers
M&E consultant GTA Consulting Engineers
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