The LSE’s New Academic Building is an extensive remodelling of an existing Edwardian building, which has now been reconfigured as a university building with academic, social, and departmental space across ten floors. An internal street links the entrances on either side of the building, allowing views right across the ground floor from Kingsway to Lincoln’s Inn fields beyond. The compressed spaces of the adjacent reception areas open onto the nucleus of the building, a light-filled, triple-height central atrium. The focus of the atrium is its timber floor, which folds down to provide access to the lower ground floor lecture, before sweeping three storeys upwards to the glazed roof. This element, termed the “Sounding Board” defines and forms a backdrop to the atrium space, creating a place which invites people to enter and engage.The glazed roof allows natural light to fill the space. Teaching and larger social spaces are centred around the atrium circulation and oriented toward the lower levels of the building.
London School of Economics & Political Science
new academic building
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