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Products: Haydn Ellis Building

A selection of the products used in IBI Nightingale’s Haydn Ellis Building

Architect’s choices

Externally we wanted to address the contextual relationship between the adjacent 1930s red-brick houses and neighbouring university buildings. The lower front block connects with the houses through the use of colour, while the rear building, clad in terracotta, forms a ‘quiet’ backdrop. Internally, a calm and limited palette of materials consisting of concrete, terracotta, ash and zinc cladding creates a counterbalance to the vivid glass
exterior, with colour restricted to furniture, feature walls and doors for wayfinding.

  • Richard Golledge, Cardiff studio associate director, IBI Nightingale

Pre-cast concrete

In-situ concrete was used on feature walls, exposed soffits, columns and the cantilevered stair within the atrium because of its tactile quality

Curtain walling

Schüco FW50+SG with Saint-Gobain Emalit and bespoke coloured glazing panels connect visually with the red-brick houses opposite

Zinc panels

These quartz zinc VMZinc interlocking horizontal panels counteract the glazed facade’s vibrancy


Alphaton Terracotta in hellgrau, standard and grooved finishes provides a crisp, clean material and a quiet backdrop to the glazed building

Acoustic panelling

The Gustafs ash-finish SH5 panels in the atrium and public spaces provide consistency and a light, tonal quality against concrete, zinc and white walls


The Domus Concept 1200 x 600mm tiles used for the atrium and exhibition floor were chosen for their subtle variation in colour and tone

Bespoke joinery

The ash-veneer reception desk was constructed using Hi Macs, the mouldable, smooth quality of which contrasts with the texture of the solid ash

Furniture fabric

The internal building materials and colour palette were limited so this Furka Plus vinyl fabric was a way to add to the vibrancy of the glazed elevations


The research institutes are assigned ‘branding’ colours so these colour-laminated Leaderflush Solidcore doors aid identity and wayfinding

Carpet flooring

InterfaceFlor Duet Thunder was chosen for consistency and because it can be replaced easily

Blinds fabric

Many offices face the atrium and have full-height glazing so Vescom’s Flint Trevira blinds allow privacy. The colours reflect institutes’ ‘branding’

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