The Beecroft Building, Oxford.
CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURAL FEATURE LIGHTING
THE BEECROFT BUILDING, OXFORD UNIVERSITY.
Contemporary architectural feature lighting for the Department of Physics
Duration: 32 Months
M&E: Hoare Lea
Client: Crown House Technologies
Architect: Hawkins + Brown
With state of the art laboratories and contemporary accommodation for theorists achieved through the £59M building project, the Oxford University Department of Physics declares its ambition of creating one of the most advanced physics departments in the world.
Designed as an exhibition space open to public and inviting visitors to view kit from major experiments, the atrium space is the heart of the building.
This large labyrinth-like vertical space offers pockets of social and thinking areas to encourage interaction and conversation. These have been fitted with double height blackboard, something theoretical physicist are very particular about.
Designed by Hawkins Brown Architects, the building form has been created with huge involvement of the current research team. With the ambitious aim of transforming the practice of Physics and attracting new students and researchers, the Beecroft Building will facilitate highly advanced atomic-level experiments.
Approached by M&E engineers at Hoare Lea in October 2015 with a specification for the main atrium area, breakout spaces, collaboration areas, lecture theatre and meeting rooms, we worked closely with both design and M&E team from the very early design stages. Full-size working samples of the luminaires were provided for the architect and design team, supported with visuals of the space.
"The brief was to deliver contemporary architectural feature lighting that would match the ambitious design of the project. "
Project Manager 299 Lighting