Arup and Eastwood & Partners
University of Sheffield
A neglected courtyard has been converted into a quadruple height atrium under a striking feature roof to create a thriving, state-of-the-art University hub.
The new structure sympathetically fuses two fragmented existing buildings. The engineering-driven parametric roof form crowns the new combined building as a striking feature in Sheffield’s skyline.
The engineers collaborated extensively to formulate a strategy for supporting the new roof that kept it structurally independent from the existing structures to avoid overloading and ensure that the project’s historical integrity was neither damaged nor overshadowed.
The judges admire how the sensitive and contrasting new structure is not only beautiful in itself, but also amplifies the beauty of the existing buildings it is joining together. This project exemplifies the finesse a structural engineer can bring to a project when fully integral to the design team.