University of Glamorgan Student's Union

University of Glamorgan Students' Union

University of Glamorgan Students' Union, exterior

Architect: Rio Architects

Client: University of Glamorgan Estates Department

Photographer: Richard Roberts

Located at the entry to the campus on a steeply sloping narrow site, the programme for the new Student Union required a lot to be squeezed in. Despite the physical constraints the architect has achieved a fully inclusive building and even found room for external terrace areas.

The palette of materials: slate walls, extensive glazing with timber louvres, zinc cladding and rendered surfaces has been used in a simple yet clear manner, with the stone forming the base and glazed façades floating above.

Internally the sequence of spaces makes this a pleasing building to explore, with a triple-height staircase acting as the pivot where the plan rotates. The internal accommodation provides everything students require: meeting spaces, relaxation areas, café, bars, administration, nightclub/performing venue and a retail area.

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