Cardiff University – Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science

Cardiff, Wales, UK

  • Status
    Current
  • Size
    9,800 m² / 105,486 ft²
  • Category
    Education
  • Design Architect
    Adjaye Associates
  • Architect of Record
    Stride Treglown
  • Client
    University of Cardiff
  • Project Management
    Arcadis
  • Landscape Architect
    Stride Treglown
  • Lighting Consultant
    Arup
  • Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer
    Arup
  • Structural Engineer
    Arup

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Capturing the essence of computer science and mathematics, the building incorporates visually stimulating puzzles and geometry within the floor plan and building skin.

In 2017 Adjaye Associates was entrusted to create an innovative £23m teaching and research facility as the new joint home for Cardiff University’s Schools of Mathematics and Computer Science & Informatics. By consolidating the two faculties under one roof, Cardiff University aims to create a new world-class education facility to further encourage collaboration and integration between these disciplines. Key design objectives include creating a spirit of community between the two faculties by breaking down barriers and enhancing collaboration and opportunities for interaction through shared use of teaching, gathering and working  space.

The building concept, patterns and form are inspired by the beauty and complexity of mathematical and cubical formulas. Capturing the essence of computer science and mathematics, the building incorporates visually stimulating puzzles and geometry within the floor plan and building skin. A translucent façade and a series of seemingly random but carefully calculated apertures activate the ground level and central core and establish an intriguing dialogue between internal and external elements.

Located next to Cathays Station and in proximity to Cardiff’s civic centre conservation zone, the project is a sensitive and intelligent contemporary addition to the urban fabric, a porous building that engages with the city.

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