Concrete inside and out

The next Concrete Elegance lecture features two award-winning projects presented by their designers. Each project has been sensitively and creatively developed to respond to their own, but very different context. Concrete and energy efficiency are common themes, with expertly crafted exposed concrete structures on the inside and out.

Speakers include:

- Chris Loyn, principal architect at Loyn & Co Architects
(Outhouse in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire)

- Marion Brereton, director at Berman Guedes Stretton
- Magdalena Cheda, architect at Berman Guedes Stretton
(New Academic Wing, Wolfson College in Oxford)

- Steve Williams, structural engineer at Price & Myers
(New Academic Wing, Wolfson College in Oxford)

Case studies:

Outhouse - This is an exemplary concrete house on the Welsh borders, embedded into the south facing slope of a hillside overlooking the Wye Valley. Barely visible from the north this single storey structure is hidden beneath a highly insulated, intensive green roof that extends the landscape over the largely open plan accommodation below, unifying the series of inside and outside spaces. The surfaces of the cast in situ concrete structure are left exposed, providing smooth, solid surroundings and have been described as feeling ‘warm and luxurious’. The exposed structure also continues outside, framing views and sheltered courtyards. The house has been designed to be a new highly sustainable, energy efficient dwelling incorporating sustainable technologies such as whole house ventilation with ground to air heat exchanger and on completion recorded airtightness better than the minimum for Passivhaus standards. It is first private home to make the RIBA Stirling Prize short list for 15 years.

New Academic Wing, Wolfson College - The New Academic Wing to Wolfson College was opened earlier this year and represents the completion of a two phase project incorporating a new entrance and auditorium, seminar rooms and offices, café and library extension. The use of concrete is at the core of the development, using a palette of textures responding to the original buildings designed by Powell and Moya Architects. These include smooth insitu concrete and its iconic Cornish blue granite faced precast cladding.  Concrete is also fundamental to the building’s low energy strategy, utilising its thermal mass with natural ventilation.

Chaired by Elaine Toogood

Please note that this event is free to attend but booking is essential. 

Registration starts at 6pm.


Produced by The Building Centre and The Concrete Centre