Seamlessly integrating architecture and interiors to promote the use of modern materials and construction methods, Leeds College of Building’s new campus has been developed with the intent of becoming a educational demonstration of its own right.
Designed by architects Fuse Studios, as the result of winning a major design competition, the campus utilises Kalwall’s diffused daylighting cladding and roofing system as a central feature in its construction.
In-keeping with the winning design, a key feature of the campus was the desire for internal transparency between all areas and a naturally-lit teaching environment which would not generate excessive solar heat gains.
It was also recognised that an overuse of glazing could become a distraction for the students learning environment, so Kalwall’s translucent system was specified.
Derek Whitehead, Deputy Principal, Leeds College of Building, commented: “We’re really pleased we went with the Kalwall solution for this project. The extra daylight really enhances the space and makes it very airy, light and bright.
This has the benefits of not only reducing our energy consumption on one hand but, more importantly, creates a pleasant ambient light which enhances the health and well-being of our students and staff.”
Unlike conventional glazing, the Kalwall cladding and roofing system limits external views whilst admitting high levels of diffused daylight without shadows and glare, or the streak contrasts of light and shade.
Widely used in educational environments, the Kalwall system is highly insulating, and coupled with less artificial lighting results in reduced energy costs.
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