University of Manchester Schuster Annexe
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Responding to unprecedented growth in the demand for Physics education, the annexe will be a centre for excellence in STEM teaching and learning.
The Schuster Annexe connects to the existing Schuster Building, famed for being the place where the material graphene was isolated by Nobel-prize winning professors in 2004. The new building provides seamless and barrier-free connections for all staff and students of the Physics department. At the heart of the building is the Ideas Mill. This flexible teaching space surrounded by social areas is designed to encourage cross-disciplinary projects, and extend the possibilities for new teaching modes and outreach activities of the department.
The building has been a step change in improving the student experience. One academic commented that her group was working better and there was more collaboration and interaction between the members.
A glazed screen to the southern gable of the building looks onto the park and creates a distinctive marker to the campus. Mathematical Voronoi patterns across the glazing hint at the activities taking place within.
The concept was for an innovative collaborative and flexible space suitable for active teaching and events with industry or for public engagement. We helped to turn this concept into reality with a highly flexible space that delivers the brief and much more.