Work starts on Surface's UEL entrance
Construction has started on this £1 million entrance pavilion designed by Surface Architects for the University of East London (UEL)
The scheme pavilion will sit at the foot of the ramp leading to University Square at the UEL’s docklands campus designed by Edward Cullinan Architects and completed in 1999.
Work is expected to finish at the end of February 2012. The contractors are Charter Construction, - the same company which worked on the practice’s Lockkeepers cottage for Queen’s Mary College in London (2005).
The architect’s view
Leaning, blue,sculptured metal forms frame the entrances of the pavilion, clearly expressing the distinction between internal and external pedestrian routes.Vertical UEL iconography is integrated into a distinctive, forward leaning glass façade.
This is the highest part of the building, from here it tapers down accentuating the adjacent main entrance ramp up to University Square.
A generous waiting area situated internally to the front of the pavilion looks back onto a sculpted reception desk, made with seamless acrylic and stainless steel.
A folded and perforated ceiling expresses the structure of the roof,stemming from the solid service core at the rear.
The solid black roof wraps from the east wall as a continuous solid structure,emphasised by a series of deep reveal porthole windows.
Contrasting with this solidity,the finely framed curtain wall glazing on the main facades is both transparent and reflective creating an ethereal appearance between the weight of the main structural form.