facebook
Twitter
Linkedin
Feedback

Thursday24 July 2014

First Look

First Look: Duggan Morris brings a flexible approach to Denmark Hill centre

  • Email
  • Comments (6)
  • Save

Duggan Morris Architects has submitted a planning application for a New Learning Centre on the Maudsley Hospital Campus in Denmark Hill, south London.

The 1,500sq m facility, for the South London & Maudsley NHS Trust Charitable Funds, will house teaching and learning facilities, a café and exhibition spaces.

The aim of the project is to destigmatise preconceptions of mental health and wellbeing within the wider community, in an integrated centre for doctors, nurses, teachers, patients and carers.

Elevations echo the centre’s Georgian context.

Elevations echo the centre’s Georgian context.

The building is therefore designed as a series of flexible, subdividable spaces, arranged around a central void, with an emphasis on retaining an open connection between the floors.

A grand timber staircase, generously proportioned with wide seating areas, rises through the void, leading to learning spaces grouped around each half-landing. In section, the floor plates are staggered by half a storey, creating a visual link between the different levels.

duggan_morris_section

The building’s exterior responds to the Georgian context of the Camberwell Grove Conservation Area, with elevations composed to complement the proportion, scale and material hierarchy of the surrounding context.

A 1,200mm vertical grid of precast concrete fins marches along each facade, separating bays alternately infilled with brick and glass, while the floors are expressed as continuous ribbons of concrete.

duggan_morris_ground_floor

There is a strong emphasis on passive environmental design, with a top-lit atrium and glazed vents generating a stack effect, while the concrete frame is exposed throughout, with floor soffits detailed as ribbed units to increase the surface area of the thermal mass.

The £7 million project is scheduled for completion by spring 2013.

Share

Readers' comments (6)

  • Great Image!

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Yeh ... They are cutting down 18 mature trees. Well done guys.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • @ Michael - perhaps you would prefer something akin to Ewok Village?

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Great image c...p design how boring is that as my old mate Will Carling would say bring on the old farts woops sorry CABE

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • No I would not prefer an Ewok village but just a bit of respect for those that live locally and have had to live with 3 new builds in the area by this hospital over as many years. Also their lack of respect for those of us that live here and enjoy our natural amenities ... like trees.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • In actual fact 8 trees of poor quality (some diseased) will be replaced and 15 new trees will be planted.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

sign in register
  • Email
  • Comments (6)
  • Save
Latest
News
Sign in

Email Newsletters

Sign out to login as another user

I'm searching for in
Desktop Site | Mobile Site