Opened in September 2017 by Prince Edward, the new world class £6.5M international student facility at the University of Stirling includes a lecture theatre, 10 teaching rooms, a café, and capacity for up to 420 students.
Designed with Feng Shui principals in mind, the new three-story building is the hub for international students preparing for degree courses at Stirling. The brief was to create a safe bridge for foreign students into a liberal university environment and provide a refuge from the intensity of that experience.
The use of large areas of glazing, together with bright colours internally, was instrumental in creating a light and joyful environment where both students and staff could feel safe and comfortable.
Externally, there is a striking façade of dark grey cladding with large openings for windows and curtain walling.
Senior’s slimline and thermally efficient SF52 curtain walling and PURe® aluminium windows were chosen to both maximise daylighting and minimise heat loss, providing a comfortable work and social space to support overseas students on their learning journey in the UK.
With the potential to offer U-values as low as 0.71W/m2 K when calculated as a commercial CEN standard window, Senior’s patented PURe® aluminium windows have proved the ideal cost-effective and durable choice for projects such as this, which require a sustainable solution to reducing heat loss and minimising future maintenance costs.
Page & Park Architects