City of Westminster College

City of Westminster College

City of Westminster College, at night

Architect: schmidt hammer lassen Architects

Client: City of Westminster College

Photographer: Adam Moerk

This new flagship Campus for the City of Westminster College consolidates accommodation from several sites into one building. Remarkably, given its location, scale, footprint and height (7 storey's) it achieves great composure and provides a light, calm and welcoming environment. 

At first glance, to passing traffic on the Westway, the College is akin to an ocean liner with strong horizontal lines between which glazing and blue-coloured vertical panels create a subdued watery shimmer.

You enter a wide central atrium, lit by an ETFE roof, with a main stair that doubles as seating for assemblies. The material palette throughout is sparse and cool with in-situ concrete columns and soffits, stone flooring and pale timber mullions and wall finishes.  

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