Manchester School of Art is one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the UK: one of its most famous students being L S Lowry. The school was established in the 19th Century to help keep the region competitive in an international market and support regional industry in a wider marketplace. This remains an important objective for the Art School, and a key part of the brief was to help it bridge the gap between education and professional life. Our approach was to express a modern interpretation of the traditional warehouse typology which made Manchester such a success through its textile trade in the 19th century.
▼教学楼外观，external view © Hufton & Crow
The new build element of the project comprises two key elements. The first is the working heart of the building comprising open studios, workshops and teaching spaces known as the Design Shed. The second is the seven-storey Vertical Gallery – the link between the existing 1960s arts tower and the new studio building. This gallery provides a showcase space for students’ creations and a shop window for the faculty itself.
▼透明的垂直画廊为学生作品提供了展示窗口，the gallery provides a showcase and a shop window © Hufton & Crow
▼立面细部，detail of the glazed facade © Hufton & Crow
The aim of the new building is to celebrate the commonalities of the various art and design disciplines and encourage students to work alongside each other and enjoy the crossover in an open, terraced hybrid environment, rather than working in the silos common to many art and design establishments. With its vast glazed façade, it is also a building that proudly showcases its students’ work to all who pass by: a ‘Window on the Arts’.
▼内部错落而开放的空间，an open, terraced hybrid environment © Hufton & Crow
▼教学空间，teaching space © Hufton & Crow
▼工作空间，working space © Hufton & Crow
▼交通流线，circulation © Hufton & Crow