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Dyson and Wilkinson Eyre unite for design school - images

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The first designs of the new Dyson School of Design Innovation in Bath by Wilkinson Eyre Architects have been unveiled.

The £22 million project will be the first of its kind and will attempt to 'foster the creative spirits' of its future students.

Reaching four and five storeys along its riverside elevation to match the height of the warehouse buildings to the east, it reduces to a three-storey height frontage on Lower Bristol Road due to neighbouring historic buildings.

The central concept of the scheme has been to allow the various activities taking place in the building to 'come together', organising all learning around a central 'atrium' space which forms an 'internal street' onto which workshops can spill out.

Wilkinson Eyre Architects, which previously designed a factory for Dyson, was appointed by the Dyson Project Team in January 2006 and the Dyson School of Design Innovation will open in September 2008.

by Ed Dorrell

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