Concrete Elegance


HEC Business School, Paris
Andrew Philips, David Chipperfield Architects

Acting as a main entrance to the University campus, the building is designed to emphasise its status as one of the top business schools in Europe, it combines state-of-the-art teaching facilities, auditorium, cafeteria and offices. The building mass is broken up into a series of blocks staggered along the long axis to create variety in the interior and exterior spaces. The palette of materials used, such as aluminium curtain wall facade and exposed concrete for the interiors, refer to the materials of the 1960s campus. A variety of programmatic elements are unified in the buildings envelope, this single-skinned, vertically articulated facade is made of alternating modules, separated by protruding fins which provide depth and plasticity to the facade.

Unfortunately Stephan Braunfels is unable to travel and cannot deliver his presentation on the Parliament Buildings in Berlin. He hopes to be able to present later in the year at a future Concrete Elegance event.

The Co-operative Headquarters, Manchester
Mike Hitchmough, 3D Reid

Completed in December 2012, the Co-operative Headquarters in Manchester, designed by 3DReid has received a BREEAM score of 92.25 per cent, which is the highest BREEAM rating of any office building in the UK.The facade is adorned with twisting white columns and a bronze-anodised glazing frame, while the interior boasts a stunning atrium rising the full height of its 15 floors. Energy planning was fundamental to the design from the beginning. For the Co-op, that meant ensuring from the start that the building would have a great deal of thermal mass to retain heat and iron out inefficiencies caused by diurnal temperature fluctuations.

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Chaired by David Bennett.

Free to attend. Booking essential.
Followed by a drinks reception.
CPD Certificates available on request.