ADP Architects has applied for planning for this new 'landmark' building on the campus at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent.
The scheme will provide an integrated library, learning-resource centre and student-support facility, along with 'flexible' conference and exhibition areas.
The £30 million development is just outside the city walls of Canterbury, and it is hoped it will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the surrounding area.
The facade of the building will be glazed, providing 'reflections of the city walls'.
According to the practice, combinations of reconstituted stone, metal and glass will be used in various shades of grey, 'inspired by the historic flint wall opposite the site'.
The project is set to transform the brownfield site using geothermal heat pumps. Exposed concrete soffits will also be used as thermal stores - reducing heating and cooling loads, while roof terraces will provide 'contrasting external spaces for users'.
Should ADP be successful in its planning application, work is expected to start in the latter part of this year, with completion expected in 2009.by Richard Vaughan