Latitude/Longitude: 51.5172, -0.0586
Intended to encourage the recruitment of high calibre staff and students and provide outstanding research and clinical care facilities, the new School of Medicine and Dentistry will bring together the many departments currently dispersed across a number of sites, to work in a single collaborative research environment. Large volumes of open plan flexible laboratories will be provided together with write-up, study and meeting spaces. The building also features a range of much needed supporting amenities, including: a 400-seat lecture theatre and The Centre of the Cell, an interactive educational facility aimed at informing the public about modern medical research. Part of a larger masterplan for the Royal London Hospital area, the site was occupied by a number of disused buildings within the existing Queen Mary campus. The School of Medicine and Dentistry building has preempted pedestrianisation of the neighbouring street and offer new public and semi public space. The design exploits the full depth of the site to create a new public space or “open mews” that continues the pedestrian routes that will eventually be formed along Turner Street, Newark Street and Walden Street.
Contributed by Will Alsop
⇒ Architecture Guide to LONDON