Projects > Jennie Lee Building, Open University
- Milton Keynes
- Client: The Open University
- Size: 5,045sqm / 54,305sqft
- Services: Architecture
Won in competition, this landmark building on the Open University Campus encourages the natural interaction of researchers and ideas for The Faculty of Mathematics & Computing and The Institute of Educational Technology. The design strategy followed intensive analysis of both university aspirations and use patterns in the department.
The entire building will be used as a laboratory for experimentation in learning and working processes, supported by column free spaces allowing flexible layouts and adaptable research activities.
A honeycomb of cellular spaces around the atrium, and open workspaces around the perimeter allows a democracy of space that reverses traditional hierarchies and allows teams to adopt a variety of traditional and experimental working processes.
Energy efficient measures include a passive fresh air and cooling system which makes use of the structural frame’s thermal mass, and an undercroft which feeds fresh air to internal enclosed spaces. The building was awarded a BREEAM 'Very Good' rating.