The welsh capital city of Cardiff is the country's commercial and cultural centre and the location of many of its arts and sporting institutions. As the home to four major higher education institutions - Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, University of South Wales and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama - a commitment to education and collaboration lies at its core.
Cardiff University has enjoyed significant growth in recent years, including Innovation Central, a £300m project described by its designer Hawkins\Brown as "the world's first social science research park". Researchers, practitioners and policy-makers will be co-located within the 12,000 sq m space, alongside 2,800 sq m of commercial units for start-up businesses and 500 sq m of commercial wet lab space.
“Collaboration has been a key focus of the design. The Oculus is a sculptural, open staircase that travels through a slanting void, which enables connectivity between all floors, celebrating and promoting the variety of uses within the building.”
Julia Roberts Partner