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The Building Centre26 Store Street, London, Greater London, WC1E 7BT
The design aesthetic and textuality of concrete casting will be examined at this free Concrete Elegance evening lecture to be held at The Building Centre, London. Graham Howarth of Stanton Howarth Tompkins architects will discuss the second phase of the new Dyson Building at the Royal College of Art's campus in Battersea, London. Conceived as a 'creative factory' with a mix of teaching facilities, workshops, gallery and lecture spaces, the use of case exposed concrete blends the institutional with the commerical. Justin Nicholls from Make Architects will present The Old Road Campus Research Building, Oxford, which brings together six different cancer research institutions. Linked ribbons of cast concrete balustrades, low-level walls and two feature scissor staircases emphasise the fluidity of the internal spatial configuration which was designed to prevent the formation of departmental territories.