The London School of Economic’s new Saw Swee Hock Student Centre has won the prestigious RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) 2014 Building of the Year award.
The seven storey building houses a nightclub, gym, bar, cafe, multi-faith prayer rooms, broadcasting station, dance studio, careers advice and student union offices. The building brings all the student facilities under one roof for the first time.
The triangular-ish building is striking – it has sharp edges and irregular geometric facets are made out of 46 standard and 127 specially shaped and sized bricks, none of which have been cut. The building stands out from its medieval neighbours but due to the materials, sort of blends in too.
This is an excellent example of functional architecture which serves the purpose for which the building was designed – to be at the heart of student life at the world renowned LSE.
The building is a wonderful addition to the London streetscape and also highlights another aspect of the quality of life for students in the Capital.